The ceremony featured the Army National Guard Band, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, David Black, state Rep. Susan Lynn, Wilson County and Mt. Juliet leaders, as well as those from the American Legion Riders.
Former Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe led the ceremony. Ashe is a veteran who served in Vietnam. Included in the ceremony was a reading of those from Wilson County who are missing in action or prisoners of war, as well as those whose remains were returned to the U.S. after the war. A bell was rung for each of them.
David Black talked about his time in Vietnam and coming back to the U.S., where many in the country were protesting the war. He said Vietnam veterans were not welcomed back with open arms like they are in 2016.
He said the events of Sept. 11, 2001 changed the way Americans think of their veterans. That’s something he said started to change during the first Gulf War.
Ashe remembered the veterans and described them as “a lion.” He said, “Alexander the Great said, ‘I do not fear a pack of lions being led by a sheep, but I do fear a pack of sheep led by a lion.’ You are my lions.”
Lynn presented the American Legion officials a proclamation from the Tennessee House and Senate, honoring them for their service in Vietnam.