On March 29, the Rock Island Arsenal held a 50-year anniversary celebration to commemorate our Vietnam veterans. I was asked to take photos to record this history.

Vietnam Veterans of America Post 299 (of which I'm a lifetime member) sponsored this event. It was a very nice day on the island post, and we had a good assembly of vets attend. A wreath presentation to honor one of our solders was quite impressive.

We were blessed to have U.S. Congressmen Dave Loebsack and Don Johnston as speakers, U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos sent a representative as she was unable to attend.

Absent from this wonderful event were newspaper reporters from The Dispatch-Argus or the Quad-City Times. There were also no reporters from Channel 4, 6 or 8 television stations. They advertised this event on the air prior to this date. No mention of this event was covered anywhere, by anyone.

When Vietnam vets returned home from the war, they were cursed at, ignored, shunned and spit upon. We have been told that the people now accept us. It appears nothing has changed.

Now, 50 years later, the big story in the newspaper and on TV was a guy who claimed he caught a 50-pound catfish on the streets of Davenport.

Can anyone please explain why we, the Vietnam veterans, have been forgotten about AGAIN?

 R.W. Griffin,

East Moline,

U. S. Army veteran,

1968-1969