YAKIMA, WA. -- Governor Jay Inslee deemed March 30th, 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.' This year, the Yakima Warriors Association celebrated at Sarg Hubbard Park.
A wreath was placed at the Vietnam Memorial in Sarg Hubbard Park Sunday afternoon to honor those who sacrificed their lives. But the ceremony wasn't about mourning, it was about welcoming back those who served so many years ago.
The inaugural celebration of 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day' included a lot of emotion. Speakers who served in the war spoke about their experiences. But perhaps the most touching speaker was Diep Miller who was rescued by American soldiers in Vietnam who freed her from human traffickers.
"I am more than grateful," Miller said. "I am very thankful from the bottom of my heart. I can never forget them. They're the one who saved, not only my life but many lives."
"Instead of walking around and dwelling on the past," Vic Wood, a Navy veteran. "Let's bring that past out and celebrate it. Let's share it."
With a 21 gun salute, a ceremony laying a wreath of remembrance and service members from every armed forces group recognized for their work, this was definitely a ceremony that touched hearts.
Only three states, California, Oregon and Washington currently recognize "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" but organizers say one day they hope the holiday can be nationwide.