A week ago today, March 29th, we left Spring Hill RV Park in Chapel Hill, where we have been parked since January, and headed to Charlotte. We are members of the American Military Retirees Ass'n (AMRA) and were asked to man a table for AMRA at the Welcome Home Vietnam Vets celebration held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 31st.
As most of you probably remember, our Vietnam Vets were not exactly given a warm welcome when they returned home from the Vietnam War. There were numerous demonstrations. Some were pelted with rocks and some were even spat on. Back then, many were very young and were drafted, not having a choice to join the military like they do today. So North Carolina's USO decided it was time to give these vets and their families the thanks they so deserved and what a celebration it was.
On Friday morning, we didn't know exactly where or what we were supposed to do, so we made our way to the Speedway to the Ticket Office.
...where we were told we needed "credentials." We had name tags but nothing else. They sent us to Gate 4...nobody was there to help -- but we did get our first look at the track.
We went to the gift shop and bought commemorative shirts to wear on Saturday and then went back to the Motorhome to pick up our three boxes of information and our table. We then headed to Gate 26 where we showed our official credentials and were told exactly where to go. We unpacked our boxes and assembled our table.
We were up and out the door early Saturday morning. We needed to be in place before our gate was locked at 8:00. It rained most of Friday night and was still raining when we headed out the door.
Because of the overcast sky, it was still pretty dark when we arrived at the Nationwide Garage.
We came away more appreciative of our military and the sacrifices they and their families have made and are making every day. It was nice to put the RDU area in our rear-view mirror and get back to a more normal life.
If you are a veteran, or have a family member who has served or currently serving, we salute you and your family and thank you for your service to our country. May God continue to bless our voyage as we continue our journey and may God bless our family, friends and fellow-bloggers.