A special ceremony will be held to “Honor All Vietnam Veterans” on Tuesday, March 29 at the Yanceyville Pavilion at 11 a.m. The service will honor all veterans who have returned home and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
All are invited to attend, to give thanks and to pray for the families of those who have not returned home. Of those who have returned home, many are still suffering from PTSD, Agent Orange, disabilities and the stress of trying to cope.
The Vietnam Memorial in Washington was dedicated in 1982; there are now 58,300 names engraved on the wall. Of these, 1,609 are from North Carolina, including six from Caswell County: Ralph Mitchell (KIA) 10/23/1964, Billy Lee Snipes 10/1/1967, John Thomas Webster 1/10/1968, James Michael Richards 08/22/2019. 1968, Kenneth Earl Wade 2-23-1969 and John Willie Blackwell 4-4-1969.
On Saturday, March 31, 2012, the United Services Organization (USO), Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the NC Association of Broadcasters sponsored a “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” program at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In total, approximately 61,000 people attended this very special day.
Of the Vietnam veterans present that day, 97% were honorably discharged and 91% said they were very proud to have served their country. Several states have still not welcomed their Vietnam veterans home.
At this year’s ceremony, it is an honor to have Ken Sellers as guest speaker. This is his “short biography”. Sellars served in the United States Navy from 1968 to 1972 at Great Lakes, Camp Lejeune, Philadelphia, and in Vietnam with the First Marine Division Fleet Marine Force (FMF) as well as with the Marines at Camp Pendleton, California.
He was a member of the medical profession with special training to work with psychiatric and surgical patients at the Naval Hospitals of the Great Lakes and Philadelphia. He is a life member of the VFW Post 1920 from Mebane and is a former post commander, former commander of District 6, VFW Department Budget Chairman. Sellars serves on the board of the North Carolina Veterans Foundation and currently serves as chairman of the board. He is also a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
He has been married to Mebane’s former Dianne Walker for 53 years. VFW Post 7316 Commanding Officer Fred Smith observed, “I know he left out a lot: Ken is one of North Carolina’s most respected veterans.
Join the veterans for a very special day. Bring your lawn chairs for this outdoor event.
Sponsored by VFW Post 7316, American Legion Post 89 and the Caswell County Senior Center.