"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
It's never too late to welcome someone home.
Many of us have had the opportunity to salute servicemen and women upon their return from recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sadly, 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, veterans of that conflict have felt nothing but a cold shoulder.
But later this month, we'll have a chance to recognize those who proudly served their nation.
The USO of North Carolina and the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters will host a Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 31st.
Free and open to all veterans, their families and the greater community, this all-day celebration will honor the Vietnam-era veterans, educate the public on the service of those in uniform, and provide vital assistance by Veteran Service Organizations to those in need.
Like any celebration the day will be festive; featuring live entertainment, displays, demonstrations and military salutes.
But mostly, it will just be a day where we can thank the vets for their service and remember those who paid the ultimate price for freedom's fight.
If you can't make the event in person, you can still be a part of the celebration by tuning in to WBTV, as we'll have a live, hour-long program from the Speedway starting at 3pm.
For more information about the Homecoming, please visit www.wbtv.com under the "web extras" tab.
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