Friday, March 29, 2013

Wear Orange On Saturday

Today is Good Friday (though I believe Jesus would give you an argument over that one) and it’s also ‘Wear The Red (in support of the troops, airmen and sailors) Day’, too.  In fact, every Friday is the day to wear red (see the button over on the left side bar… pay attention out there.) 

But tomorrow…

Saturday, 30 March, is National Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.  It is also a day to wear ORANGE in recognition of the effects of Agent Orange.  Many of our veterans have and are suffering from the effects of that stuff.  Cancers of all kind are directly related to being exposed. 

It was authorized by Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt, USN Ret.  Ironically his son, Elmo R. Zumwalt III died from cancer related to exposure to the Agent Orange his father had authorized.

I wonder why the those the 30 or May to celebrate the guys coming home, though.  The end of the Vietnam War, by official dates, the 30 of April.  It seems that should be the day, but, then, what do I know?  Not much, it seems.

Anywhy, if you run across a Vietnam Vet, give him a hug (if you are female, please) or a handshake from the guys and tell him, “Thank You and Welcome Home.” 

Something they didn’t get back in the day.

That’s all.  Carry on!


Janie Junebug said...

I remember the story of Admiral Zumwalt and his son. So sad. I don't think I own anything orange, but I'll take a look. Perhaps I have some jewelry with orange in it. Thanks for calling our attention to this.


Old NFO said...

Good point, and I'll be out and about tomorrow.

lotta joy said...

I remember the husband commenting that his "welcome home" was more like death stares at the airport.