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There are 26 comments on the 10TV WBNS story from Oct 31, 2009, titled Ohio Man Organizes Veteran Parade | WBNS-10TV, Central Ohio's N.... In it, 10TV WBNS reports that:

A local man is organizing a salute to Ohio's Vietnam veterans. Bill Staton planned a "welcome home" parade for Vietnam veterans and their families on Saturday, November 7 in Shelby.

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John Henderson

Erie, PA

#23 Nov 7, 2009
THANK YOU ALL IN SHELBY FOR THE VIETNAM PARADE!!!!!!!!!! I feel really honored for all you did here today for all the vets. I almost cried the whole parade while walking through your beautifull city. When I looked people in the eye and shook their hands I felt the greatest feeling ever!! I had my family come down to see this historic event. My grand children really loved it. I believe my grand children will remember me forever. You gave me hope that there are beautifull people in the world!!! My family and I came from Marblehead. ohio. Our address is 1696 S. Jeannie Dr. I will always remember coming HOME because you made this possible. May GOD be with you always. Thanks to Bill Staton and the beautifull people who live there. LOVE YOU ALL!!!
Socks for Soldiers Inc

AOL

#24 Nov 8, 2009
We made history today, in Shelby Ohio. A parade that originally was meant for Mansfield Ohio was declined. Shelby took on the responsibility for honoring heroes that have waited 40+ years for their WELCOME HOME. Shelby will also reap the blessings of knowing they also helped the healing process of our forgotten and scorned VN veterans. Not a dry eye anywhere, and a parade that went on and on and on and on, for well over 1 hour.A F 16 flyover to honor our VN vets was the icing. But the real blessing was seeing people of all ages engaged in a united mission. Spectators shouted welcome home, thank you for serving America, and I added my own public apologies for waiting so long to give them their due honor. I am emotionally exhausted, watching the faces, softened and full of humble gratitude that this small community asked folks to gather, and was willing to go back into time, and right a grave wrong. I am so proud to have been a wee part of this tearful and historical moment. I have hours of footage from the many veteran interviews this week, plus portions of the parade too. Kiddo's from my school came out to shake the hands of vets and thank them for their service. Yes, to an impartial onlooker, it might seem strange to be screaming WELCOME HOME to a community of pony-tailed grown men, some 40 years later. But they knew and understood, and we paid restitution for crimes of omission, for making a generation of soldiers pay the sins of its leaders.
God bless America.Thank you Bill Staton, and Mayor Freytag. Thank you Shelby!!!
Kim Opperman, President and founder of
Socks for Soldiers, Inc. Shelby, Ohio
Bedlam in Borneo

Boca Raton, FL

#25 Nov 24, 2009
Instead of organizing a march-along like you do when you want to keep a bunch of retards busy, why don't you do something of actual meaning for our veterans. You could get them hookers, booze, or -I don't know- HEALTHCARE! Donald Rumsfeld destroyed the military and disgraced our soldiers. He poured money into the coffers of his buddies at Haliburton, KBR, Blackwater, etc. However, look what he did to the VA. It's time we insure our veterans. Providing for their health and well-being is the least we could do for these brave men who put it all on the line so that we wouldn't have to. Thanks for everything you've done for us, boys! We owe you big.
Maumi

Columbus, OH

#26 Nov 24, 2009
Bedlam in Borneo wrote:
Instead of organizing a march-along like you do when you want to keep a bunch of retards busy, why don't you do something of actual meaning for our veterans. You could get them hookers, booze, or -I don't know- HEALTHCARE! Donald Rumsfeld destroyed the military and disgraced our soldiers. He poured money into the coffers of his buddies at Haliburton, KBR, Blackwater, etc. However, look what he did to the VA. It's time we insure our veterans. Providing for their health and well-being is the least we could do for these brave men who put it all on the line so that we wouldn't have to. Thanks for everything you've done for us, boys! We owe you big.
A march is a step in the right direction. Alot of ppl do nothing in fear of being criticized for their efforts. Acknowledging something spectacular, well deserved and unappreciated, is by far well respected. Kudos to Mr. Staton and everyone else that contributed to this remarkable event.
Kim

AOL

#27 Nov 24, 2009
Maumi wrote:
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A march is a step in the right direction. Alot of ppl do nothing in fear of being criticized for their efforts. Acknowledging something spectacular, well deserved and unappreciated, is by far well respected. Kudos to Mr. Staton and everyone else that contributed to this remarkable event.
Maumi
I cannot fix all issues of the Viet Nam war, nor can I affect changes in my world, except in very small increments. If we think in terms of large sweeping changes, none of us would act, because we feel inadequate to globally fix the world.
"Though I am one, I am still one. " In my case, I began a non profit charity to send care packages to soldiers with hand knitted socks in them. It was about reviving an American tradition that got lost during the Viet Nam war. It was also about the Viet Nam veteran. I grew up during Viet Nam, and have written many a speech about punishing the warriors for the {sins} decisions of it's leaders. I took personal responsibility in my own world, and affected change where I was able. I determined that another generation of soldiers would not ever receive a replica of the Viet Nam "Welcome Home." I am passionate about the hurts and wrongs placed upon you. I doubt that a sincere hug would have any impact on you at all. But sometimes it is the best we have to give. I was the one shouting from the sidelines "Forgive us for not doing this sooner." I alone cannot give you a sincere aplogy. But maybe thousands of us can make it more convincing. I only wish I had the means to provide your other needs. I did vote for the Veteran's bonus. Lest no one has personally thanked you for serving, let me be the first:
Thank you for serving America. You are my hero.
Kim Opperman, President and founder of
Socks for Soldiers, Inc.
[email protected]
Maumi

Columbus, OH

#28 Nov 25, 2009
Kim wrote:
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Maumi
I cannot fix all issues of the Viet Nam war, nor can I affect changes in my world, except in very small increments. If we think in terms of large sweeping changes, none of us would act, because we feel inadequate to globally fix the world.
"Though I am one, I am still one. " In my case, I began a non profit charity to send care packages to soldiers with hand knitted socks in them. It was about reviving an American tradition that got lost during the Viet Nam war. It was also about the Viet Nam veteran. I grew up during Viet Nam, and have written many a speech about punishing the warriors for the {sins} decisions of it's leaders. I took personal responsibility in my own world, and affected change where I was able. I determined that another generation of soldiers would not ever receive a replica of the Viet Nam "Welcome Home." I am passionate about the hurts and wrongs placed upon you. I doubt that a sincere hug would have any impact on you at all. But sometimes it is the best we have to give. I was the one shouting from the sidelines "Forgive us for not doing this sooner." I alone cannot give you a sincere aplogy. But maybe thousands of us can make it more convincing. I only wish I had the means to provide your other needs. I did vote for the Veteran's bonus. Lest no one has personally thanked you for serving, let me be the first:
Thank you for serving America. You are my hero.
Kim Opperman, President and founder of
Socks for Soldiers, Inc.
[email protected]
We need more ppl like you.

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