Sisters American Legion Post 86 Commander Gene Hellickson, his wife Linda and I travelled to Madras, Oregon Saturday evening for the 2nd annual “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” Dinner.

This year, in addition to honoring veterans of the Vietnam War, Veterans of the Korean conflict were also honored. The Korean War is often called the “forgotten war,” so the remembrance of the veterans of that war was especially timely.

The dinner, provided by the local Black Bear Diner was very good and the speeches were on the mark. The keynote speaker was Charles Tailfeather, Commander of the newly formed American Legion post on the Warm Springs reservation. He talked about his experiences during and after the Vietnam War and delivered a powerful message encouraging all Veterans to take care of each other, especially those veterans in need.

Each Vietnam Veteran in attendance was awarded a commemorative coin acknowledging their service and sacrifice. The date of March 30 is gaining support nationwide as Vietnam Veterans Day.

John Ferguson

Ferguson is a Remax agent in Bend, Oregon. He is also a Veteran and the Vice-Commander of his local American Legion Post.