Honoring America’s Vietnam Veterans


MARCH 29, 2021

Honoring America’s Vietnam Veterans

[TRIANGLE, VA.] As the United States marks National Vietnam War Veterans Day, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President and Vietnam veteran Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:

“Although it has been more than 50 years since I came home from Vietnam, the memories are never very far away. More than 2,700,000 young Americans served in Vietnam, more than 58,000 names are etched in the black granite of the Wall in their honor in Washington, D.C.

“We must never forget their sacrifice, nor the bravery and commitment of those who faced combat yet still came home. For all those who served with honor but were never welcomed back to this country, I say ‘Welcome Home.’

“And for those of my Vietnam veteran friends in West Virginia, which will mark Vietnam War Veterans Day tomorrow, March 30, I sincerely wish we could all gather together as we usually do. I am already making plans to be in Charleston for this event in 2022, and I hope to see you there as well.”

Note: The UMWA’s National Vietnam War Veterans Day commemoration video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkebqsb_EYw