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Vietnam vets honored

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Malani Bilyeu

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Tom and Jeri Kloss

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Paul Togioka, Malani Bilyeu

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Arlene Ramos, Clem Quel, Vicky Ramos, Pat Quel

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Harvey Kinoshita, Aida and Glenn Kawamura

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Jeri Kloss, Cindy and Arthur Lochridge

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Ed and June Renaud, Peggy and Dean Lake, Ann Westerman, Matt Ballard, Chief Robert Westerman, Yolanda Gomez, Jason Poloa, Tracy Cummings

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sherry and Dave Walker, Ann and Chief Robert Westerman, Michelle and Brian Do, Jason Ornellas

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Ed Kawamura

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Shirley, Jim Whitfield

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Julie Broyles, Bobby Tamura, Anna Broyles

“This is the welcome home they never got,” said Ed Kawamura, commandant of the Kauai Veterans Council, Saturday during the 50th Commemoration Vietnam War celebration at the Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.

More than 400 people, including veterans of other campaigns, dignitaries, Vietnam Era veterans and their significant others filled the ballroom with music from the entertainment lineup that included Malani Bilyeu, himself a Vietnam Veteran, and long-lost reunions that were punctuated with an occasional tear as comrades greeted each other.

The color guard from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Mana presented the colors which were highlighted with the Vietnam War standard, and a special video commemoration drew applause.

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