MORENO VALLEY (CBS) — Vietnam Veterans are expected to be honored Sunday during a remembrance service at the March Field Air Museum in Moreno Valley.

The 2nd annual “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” will include presentations by representatives from each branch of the U.S. armed forces, as well as a talk by U.S. Army Lt. Col. Gene T. Boyer, author of “Inside the President’s Helicopter.”

Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Beaumont, will host the event, which gets under way at 1 p.m.

Cook, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and Vietnam veteran, sponsored legislation in 2009 to set aside one day in March to pay homage to Vietnam Vets. The legislation was signed into law by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Grade schools around the state are encouraged to spend time teaching lessons about the Vietnam war, which claimed 58,000 American service members’ lives — including 5,822 Californians — and left 300,000 wounded.

Cook described his bill as “a monumental step in the struggle to help Vietnam veterans heal some of the mental wounds that were inflicted when they returned home and found their country politically divided.”

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Comments (5)
  1. diane binder says:

    What about those people who suffered from agent orange? Also what about the veterans who so young had suffered from over use of narcotics and mental break downs and etc., who are still alive. Who helps these people today? There is no respect nor dignity given to these vets. Lost souls. The bill you talk about above how is this being funded? I understand that quite a number of the veterans from the Vietnam war are homeless. What are their names and were are they today? Also I feel the veterans of the Vietnam war were from all from different states. I am concerned about the living veterans of the Vietnam War and their families today. Thank you

  2. drozone69 says:

    Idiots who naively went and served in an idiot war!!

  3. c-man says:

    Hey drozone…YOU ARE AN UNGRATEFUL IDIOT!!!!! If men wouldn’t volunteer to serve, this country would have a draft and vaginas like you would be drafted to go fight a war.

  4. A Greatful Veteran says:

    how many immigrants will show up and give these veterans a well deserved thank you. Why? Because they can’t even speak english and all they know how to do is stick their filthy little hands out for freebies and this state is dumb enough to give them anything they want. No questions asked. From a Marine Corps veteran who has served and shed his blood on foreign soil, “THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE SERVED, ARE CURRENTLY SERVING, AND TO THOSE WHO WILL SERVE IN THE FUTURE. THANK YOU FOR MY FREEDOM”

  5. drozone69 says:

    The immigrants are here regardless of the naive goys bloodshed for a zionist empire.Korea,Vietnam,Nicargua,Somalia,Iran,Afhganistan and soon Korea again.All wars to kill America and the world from Democracy into socialism.Your past relatives bloodshead have ensured there races demise in this nation.The bottom line is they fought not for America and its values,but for that of big banks and multi-culteralism!!

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