Vietnam war veteran in Yuma shares his war experience
Yuma, AZ-- All military members and those who served were honored today.
However, those who served during the Vietnam era were put in the spotlight today to mark the 50th anniversary of the start to the conflict in Vietnam.
David Leroy Cisneros, a Vietnam war veteran served the Marine corps for four years.
He remembers how something he greatly believed in was badly perceived by the public during the Vietnam era.
He recalls people insulting him and his friends.
"You lose a lot of friends, they died for the country and what they believed in," Cisneros said. "And for somebody to call them dumb or whatever for serving this war or going to Vietnam...that hurts. People died because of it."
"I don't think it was fair but then its a difference," Whit Moss, a Desert Storm veteran said. "Its a difference today as opposed what took place then."
Moss goes on to explain the difficulties Vietnam war veterans faced against their enemy.
"They have the real show here today because they do what we do now, they did it unconventionally," Moss said. "They didn't have all the advances and technology that we have today, so they went right into thick of things."
"They went face to face with the enemy," Moss added.
American Legion Post 19 in Yuma held a ceremony at 11a.m. to honor all veterans with the spotlight on Vietnam veterans.
Coronel Robert Kuckuk, commander of MCAS-Yuma explained the importance of 11-11-11 and how "the war to end all wars" came to be back in 1918.
"It was signed at 5 o'clock in the morning but communications be what they are, it didn't go into effect until 11a.m," Kuckuk said. "But yet both sides, French, British, American, German they were still fighting till 11 in the morning and the war was over."
Despite different superstitions of 11-11-11, to some the date is sacred.
"This is a time where we can realize our triumphs, our failures," Moss said. "We realize that this world, this country the live had given a lot and unfortunately there are a lot of people who don't realize that."
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