The Viet Nam war was not popular with many people at home. One Third of the military that fought in the conflict were drafted and many draft dodgers crossed the border into Canada to avoid the draft. On the streets of American cities, protesters spoke out against the war, and Grass Valley City Council member Howard Levine says he was one of them.
Levine says he still believes that the Viet Nam war was not the best thing that the United States could have been involved with. But the Veterans Day service today was moving and he supports the veterans of the war in their struggle to overcome emotional issues.
Levine says his dream for Veterans Day is the day that we don’t need veterans.
During the end of the Veterans Day service all Viet Nam Veterans in attendance were asked to come to the front of the room to be recognized and they received a standing ovation.