Honoring Vietnam vets

The Stars and Stripes fly at the south end of the Alsea Bay Bridge in Waldport on Sunday, March 29, in recognition of National Vietnam Veterans Day. (Photo by Cheri Brubaker)

WALDPORT — United States flags lined Highway 101 in Waldport on Sunday, March 29, commemorating the sacrifices of veterans of the Vietnam War and their families. The Waldport Lions Club placed the flags on Vietnam Veteran’s Day, designated by the Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (ncsl.org), “On that day in 1973, the last combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam, and the last prisoners of war held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil. It is also the date President Nixon chose for the first Vietnam Veterans Day in 1974.”

Dale Clark has long been responsible for placing the flags in Waldport on federal holidays. This year, Buster Pankey, Sr., who succeeded Clark as Lions Club president, helped out.

Clark, a longtime Waldport resident and active civic volunteer, has been training others as he passes off some of his duties in anticipation of his move to the valley, Pankey explained.

Pankey indicated that the United States Forest Service Angel Job Corps Honor Guard usually assists with the flags, but Job Corps is closed. So Clark and Pankey rounded up some help and placed the flags to mark the day, honoring all Vietnam veterans.

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