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Mar 12, 2012 5:50 AM by AP

After 40 years, a welcome home for Vietnam vets

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A belated welcome home, with food and live music, is planned for Acadiana's Vietnam veterans.

The Advertiser reports that it will start at 10 a.m. on March 31, a Saturday, at Comeaux Recreation Center.

The U.S. Senate adopted a resolution about a year ago declaring March 30 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. It was on March 30, 1973, was the day U.S. combat troops withdrew from South Vietnam.

Saigan fell to the North Vietnamese in April 1975.

Soldiers came home from Vietnam to protesters calling them losers and baby-killers,

Vietnam veteran Tom Grote of Lafayette says Louisiana was a better places than many to come home to, because it had far fewer anti-war protests.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Acadiana Chapter No. 141, is organizing the event.

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