The Vietnam War was a scar to many.  For many, it still is!  Join me this Monday in Loveland as we celebrate the Vietnam Veteran at the Veterans Day Parade.

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Myself, along with many friends, invite you all out to the parade this coming Monday and say thank you to these honorable veterans. The parade will start in downtown Loveland at exactly 11:11 AM and ends at Dwayne Webster Veteran's Park.

The days starts with the traditional ringing of the bells at 4:00 AM followed by breakfast at 6:00 AM at the American Legion post (304 Cleveland Ave); those in uniform eat for free.

Lunch will be provided back at the American Legion (305 Cleveland Ave.) for a small fee. The American Legion, VFW, Daughters of the Revolution, American Military Family and others will have information describing what each group does and their importance within our own communities.

This is also my personal invitation to bring your motorcycle and ride with us in the Journey 4 Justice entry.  The attorney who represents our group and personal friend, Colonel William R. Suhre, United States Army, Retired, will be riding with us.  If you would like to ride, we will pre-stage as a group at the Barnes Sports Field Complex just south of the downtown area a few blocks, where the one-ways converge at 10:00 AM and we will all ride together once we find out our area on Monday.  Our goal is 50 motorcycles...please help us reach that goal.

22nd August 1966: American troops from the 73rd Airborne Brigade carrying a wounded soldier onto a helicopter near Vung Tau in Vietnam. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
  • 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the official Vietnam era from August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975
  • 2,709,918 Americans served in uniform in Vietnam
  • Vietnam Veterans represented 9.7% of their generation
  • 240 men were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War
  • The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in 1961. He was with the 509th Radio Research Station. Davis Station in Saigon was named for him
  • 58,148 were killed in Vietnam
  • 75,000 were severely disabled
  • 23,214 were 100% disabled
  • 5,283 lost limbs
  • 1,081 sustained multiple amputations
  • Of those killed, 61% were younger than 21
  • 11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old
  • Of those killed, 17,539 were married
  • Average age of men killed: 23.1 years