It's been 35 years since the Vietnam war ended and the soldiers who fought in the war never had a proper welcome home ceremony when they returned back home. Because of the conflict from people's opinions and the protests that were happening on the war no welcome home ceremonies took place.
That is about to change for some of those soldiers living in the Valley now and a celebration ceremony is in the works to honor Vietnam veterans. It started with Manuel Cantu Jr., who was the commander of the American Legion Post 408 in Edinburg, during the Vietnam era. He was asked by Hidalgo County Interim Judge Ramon Garcia four years ago if Vietnam veterans had ever been honored in the Valley. The answer was no and so talks of organizing a along overdue celebration began.
The event is called LZ RGV, Landing Zone for Troops in the Rio Grande Valley, also the American Legions from all around the area, the Office of Veteran Affairs and the Veterans Alliance will be participating. The homecoming festivities will take place at the McAllen Convention Center on Saturday April 9, 2011.