City of Gulfport Honors Vietnam War Heroes

Today is not only Memorial Day, but also the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War.
On a day meant to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the city of Gulfport honored two men from the Vietnam War who risked their lives above and beyond the call of duty. Richard Etchberger and Marvin Shields, two local men were awarded the Medal of Honor after losing their lives in the Vietnam War.
As a nation, we honor and love these in uniform; veterans say it’s important to teach our kids what serving our county is all about.
Lt. Col. Dean Todd, retired, a Vietnam War Veteran, said “Freedom doesn’t come free. A lot of the new generation don’t really understand what freedom is today. And it just never has and never will come free. We have to fight for it.”
Now years later, Vietnam veterans are finally getting the recognition they deserved, as we as a county remember those who served, those who continue to serve and those who have died protecting our freedom.

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