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Huge crowd in Campbellsville for Vietnam Veterans Parade

Update with pictures now being added.

By Larry Smith, The Big Dawg 99.9 FM

There was a huge crowd, around 2,000 by most accounts, in Campbellsville for the Vietnam Veterans Parade. Veterans were here from 19 Kentucky Counties and four states - Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana. .



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50th Anniversary Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans!



2014-12-09 - Main Street, Campbellsville, KY - Photo By Larry Smith.
The "50th Anniversary WELCOME HOME, Vietnam Vets" banner is suspended over Main Street in Campbellsville, KY, in readiness for the Sunday, December 14, 2014, long overdue tribute to these Veterans. The idea of he event has really caught fire. Latest to commit - an important one to the day, is Taylor County School Superintendent Roger Cook, who told me that the Taylor County High School Brass Ensemble will perform for the veterans, and will set up in the Druthers Parking lot on the NW corner of Main Street and Columbia Avenue. Other area bands are expected, and welcome. Call me at 270-789-0099 at the Big Dawg, 99.9 FM, if you or your organization should wish to participate. Other members of the committee can be contacted as well: Mayor Tony Young, Taylor Co. CJE Eddie Rogers, Rep. Bam Carney, and former Taylor County Rescue Director Charlie Shaw. - LARRY SMITH, Operations Manager, Shoreline Communications.

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Vietnam Veterans Parade: Mayor-elect Hardwick, Mayor Young



2014-12-14 - Campbellsville Civic Center, 205 N Columbia Avenue, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Larry Smith.
Columbia Mayor-Elect Curtis Hardwick, a Vietnam War Veteran, met with Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young before the start of the 2014 Campbellsville Welcome Home Vietnam War Veterans Parade. Hardwick comes from a military family. His father, Oval (Tim) Hardwick served in World War II.

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C-ville Vietnam Veterans Parade: Bam Carney, Max Wise



2014-12-14 - Campbellsville Civic Center, 205 N Columbia Avenue, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Larry Smith.
State Senator Elect Max Wise (KY16), and State Representative John BAM Carney (KY - 51) were two of the primary backers of the Campbellsville Welcome Vietnam Veterans 50th Anniversary Parade today in Campbellsville, shown above in the Civic Center before the parade began at 1pmCT/2pmET. - LARRY SMITH, Operations Manager, Shoreline Communications.

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2014 Campbellsville Vietnam Veterans Parade



2014-12-14 - Main Street, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Larry Smith.
The Campbellsville American Legion Color Guard led the Vietnam Veterans West on Main Street, Campbellsville, KY, this afternoon, in sight of the banner welcoming them home, near the 50th anniversary of the official American involvement in the war. They were greeted by the sound of "Good Morning, Vietnam," on speakers, and a montage of music, mostly rock and roll, from the 1964-1973 - songs by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and more brought back memories of which caused many if not most in attendance to weep openly. The parade concluded at the Campbellsville Civic Center, at reception for the heroes. - LARRY SMITH, Operations Manager, Shoreline Communication.

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Leadership in Campbellsville Vietnam Parade



2014-12-15 - Main Street, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Larry Smith.
From left, front, Taylor CJE Eddie Rogers and his wife Theresa, and right, Tonya Young and Mayor Tony Young, marched in the first Vietnam Veterans parade in Campbellsville, KY on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Behind them are State Rep. John BAM Carney (KY-51), left, and Senator-elect Max Wise (KY-16), in the 100 block of E Main Street. - LARRY SMITH, Operations Manager, Shoreline Communications.

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Vietnam Veterans Parade: Heros welcomed



2014-12-16 - Main Street, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Kelly Martin.
Kelly Martin sent this photo after reading the request for more photos of the Veterans who served in Vietnam. This photo shows a part of the line which marched down Main Street, Campbellsville, Sunday, December 14, 2014.

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Vietnam Veterans Parade: Veterans March down Main Street



2014-12-17 - Main Street, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Kelly Martin.
I saw the comment posted by Donald Skaggs so I have attached pictures that I took Sunday of the Vets at the parade. - Kelly Martin This is one of four of them. Clicking Readmore accesses all the photos we've received on the event.

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Vietnam Veterans Parade: Waving the flag



2014-12-17 - Main Street, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Kelly Martin.

I saw the comment posted by Donald Skaggs so I have attached pictures that I took Sunday of the Vets at the parade. - Kelly Martin This is one of four of them. Clicking Readmore accesses all the photos we've received on the event. Identification of the veterans in this photo or others would be welcome.

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Vietnam Veterans Day: Three hour long reception



2014-12-17 - Campbellsville Civic Center, 205 N Columbia Avenue, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Larry Smith.
When I visited the Civic Center for the reception for the Vietnam Veterans, is packed, and the reliable report I have is that the reception lasted around three hours, with veterans coming and going after the parade. For my friend, former Taylor County High School Principal Donald Skaggs, we did the best we could. I didn't post the photo to ColumbiaMagazine.com earlier because I thought, at first, they might not be as good as they should have been. But after 'shocking' them, I think they'll do. Maybe others can send personal photos to add. By the way, I was really impressed by the numbers of veterans from out of town. We're already planning the event to coincide with Veterans Day next year. By the way, until a more official count is in, I'm standing by my Sunday attendance statement. - Larry Smith, Operations Manager, Shoreline Communications

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Vietnam Veterans Parade: Patriot Guard Riders



2014-12-17 - Main Street, Campbellsville, KY - Photo by Kelly Martin.

I saw the comment posted by Donald Skaggs so I have attached pictures that I took Sunday of the Vets at the parade. - Kelly Martin This is one of four of them. Clicking Readmore accesses all the photos we've received on the event. Identification of the veterans in this photo or others would be welcome.

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