Vietnam War Commemoration Commission

Quotable Quotes

From former President Barack Obama’s remarks at the 2012 Inaugural Ceremony:

“And one of the most painful chapters in our history was Vietnam – most particularly, how we treated our troops who served there. You were often blamed for a war you didn’t start, when you should have been commended for serving your country with valor. You were sometimes blamed for misdeeds of a few, when the honorable service of the many should have been praised. You came home and sometimes were denigrated, when you should have been celebrated. It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened. And that's why here today we resolve that it will not happen again.”

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Michael Brazelton’s (four-time Silver Star recipient and former Vietnam War POW) reflections at the July 8, 2015 Congressional Ceremony on the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin:

“I have had a number of medals pinned on me in my day and this is certainly the highest ranking and the most honors I have received for any pinning ceremony. Even though it might just be a lapel pin to a lot of people, this is like a medal to the Vietnam veterans.”

From former Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s comments at the December 20, 2016 Pentagon Vietnam War Exhibition Ribbon Cutting:

“… these exhibits have also sought to ensure we continue to remember the lessons our military has learned along the way – many hard-won, some difficult to swallow … And of course, our fine and faithful tour guides will help walk - literally and figuratively - some 100,000 visitors through it each year … And they'll be reminded of the lessons we learned along the way … lessons on how our country must treat our warriors and our veterans, and the shame of how returning Vietnam veterans were treated - lessons that should continue, must continue to guide us in our work.”

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Clarence R. “Dick” Anderegg’s (Vietnam veteran; retired Director of Air Force History and Museums Policies and Programs, Headquarters Air Force; and Vietnam War Commemoration Federal Advisory Committee member) observations during a March 2017 tour of the Pentagon Vietnam War exhibit:

“As Air Force Historian, I spent many years seeing historical displays around the world. This is simply the best I've ever seen.”

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