Vietnam Veterans Honored At Fort Carson

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first troop deployments to the Vietnam War, Fort Carson held a Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home event June 10 at Iron Horse Park.

From June 8-12, The Wall That Heals, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was displayed outside Fort Carson’s main gate. For information on the exhibit, go to www.vvmf.org/twth.

Fort Carson has dedicated this day to honoring the veterans of the Vietnam War Memorial. A special welcome home ceremony took place Friday for Vietnam veterans.

"What we hope to get out of today is a little bit of a thank you to them so they get a welcome home that they haven't had in so many years," Col. Robert F. McLaughlin, Fort Carson Garrison Commander, told 11 News.

Just in time for the celebration, "The Wall That Heals," a traveling, half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on The Mall, has arrived at Fort Carson. The Wall arrived on Tuesday, and is positioned in the public access area near the gate's memorial grove area. It will be available for public visitation through June 12.

The Wall is inscribed with over 58,000 names, including Vietnam War casualties, prisoners of war and Soldiers still missing in action.

Members of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and local veterans will be on-site to help visitors locate names on The Wall. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund built and dedicated the traveling Wall to offer all veterans the opportunity to experience the Wall within their own communities.