Letter to the Editor: Thanks to the Vietnam-Era Veteran, Peace with Honor

On Jan. 23, 1973, Richard M. Nixon, president of the United States, announced that the Paris Peace Accords were to be signed on Jan. 27, 1973, thus ending the Vietnam War. At the White House, that day was referred to as VV Day: Victory in Vietnam Day. 

There are many Vietnam-era veterans who live in Door County. I would like to thank them for their service to our country. Many of them were never welcomed home or told how much we appreciated their service and accomplishments. They made a difference, and their sacrifice was not in vain. 

Many Vietnam veterans continue to suffer from the wounds of the war. Some suffer from the effects of Agent Orange, PTSD and from old physical wounds and injuries received in combat. 

You may have been forgotten or unrecognized when you came home, but you are remembered and honored in our hearts today. Your service in Vietnam or on the front lines of the Cold War, in Germany, Asia or at home blessed the lives of every American in some way. You are remembered! Welcome home to a grateful nation.

Ron Rutowski

Sister Bay, Wisconsin