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Vietnam vets get grand welcome home years later

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Some Vietnam veterans are getting some recognition decades after their service as part of a three-day commemoration in Pigeon Forge.

It kicked off Monday with a salute to Vietnam veterans at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. Veterans got a dinner and show that featured special guest Adrian Cronauer, the voice of Armed Forces Radio and the guy behind the movie "Good Morning Vietnam."

Organizers put the three-day celebration together to give Vietnam veterans the warm welcome they never got after returning from war.

"Vietnam veterans are retiring. Many of them have been disabled for years and America is forgetting them. It's important. This is the beginning of a 13-year commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. This is one of the signature opening events of that 13-year period," said Parade Producer Robert Cline.

The Welcome Home Parade begins Tuesday afternoon at 1:30.

We'll have continuing coverage of that event, and we'll hear from a veteran of both Vietnam and Iraq and how he received two very different homecomings, Tuesday on 10News at five and six.

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