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Welcome Home Parade for Vietnam Vets, 14 Dec 2014

Finally, a proper welcome home - on the 50th Anniversary of the war began. Campbellsville event concept began after Kentucky State Representative John "Bam" Carney and Bill Perkins of the Campbellsville American Legion were discussing that vets who served during the 60's & 70's were never given a proper welcome home. - Larry Smith
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By Larry Smith, The Big Dawg, 99.9 FM

A welcome home parade for all Vietnam Veterans will held at 1pmCT/2pmET, Sunday December 14, 2014, in downtown Campbellsville, KY starting at at Jackson Towers, 1 Clem Haskins Blvd, Campbellsville, going west on Main Street to Columbia Avenue. Ends at Civic Center.

The parade line-up is at 12pm noon CT/1pmET.

This will be a celebration that will be focused on all Vietnam Veterans, all veterans from other wars will be welcomed to participate, Taylor County has 177 Vietnam Veterans.

We are hoping for a large turnout of Vietnam Vets, especially from Taylor, Adair, LaRue, Marion, Casey Russell, Cumberland, Metcalfe, and Green Counties - and from all over Kentucky and beyond. This will start an annual event in Taylor County each year and after this year the event will be moved closer to Veterans Day in November according to organizer Bill Perkins from the Campbellsville American Legion. The concept began after Kentucky State Representative John "Bam" Carney and Perkins were discussing that vets who served during the 60's & 70's were never given a proper welcome home.

The Ceremony on Main Street in Campbellsville will feature a parade, speakers, music from the Vietnam period and a reception will follow at the Campbellsville Civic Center with refreshments and a book signing by Joe Fair. Fair a Vietnam Veteran will be signing his book "Call Sign Dracula" the book is about his Vietnam experience's.

This marks the 50th anniversary since the Vietnam War began and according to committee member Larry Smith with 99.9 The Big Dawg Radio Station "It's time for a celebration for this group of men and women to be thanked by our community and Commonwealth".

Anyone who wishes to join in the parade is welcome, said Perkins... and veterans from all counties are urged to be here for this historic event. The parade will line up at 1pm on December 14th at Jackson Towers on East Main Street, Campbellsville Police, Taylor County Sheriff's department along with fire & rescue will participate in the parade.

We encourage every person to help us spread the word about the event. - Larry Smith, Operations Manager, Shoreline Communications, 101 East Main Street, Campbellsville KY. Phone 270-403-0715

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