GREEN BAY - Saturday night, a special LZ Lambeau tribute ceremony drewthousands inside the bowl at Lambeau Field.
For those at LZ Lambeau, a picture is worth 1,000 words. Butmany veterans have trouble talking about their experience inVietnam like veteran Walter Mathis…
“That's something that I really personally can't get intobecause it's just too many sad things that we say overthere,” said Mathis.
But many are finding comfort in the moment, in the event LZLambeau.
“Oh man. It's hard. Just very appreciative,” saidveteran Bill Moore.
It's an event more than 40 years in the making for some. Awelcome home these veterans say they never got. And while the LZLambeau circles around supporting the veterans and those who losttheir lives, some veterans said it was intimidating to come.
“I didn't want to come at first. I was gonna feel funny. Ihad problems when I got home,” said James Gagas.
The veterans said for the first time they are starting to feelgood about their service in the military all those years ago. Aspecial tribute inside Lambeau Field Saturday night was theopposite of everything Mathis experienced when he returned homefrom the war.
“No flags, no nothing. It was kind of a coldreception,” said Mathis.
More than 1,200 empty chairs on the field representedWisconsinites who lost their lives fighting in Vietnam. Thousandslooked on as a video tribute played, showing clips many of theseveterans remember vividly.
“I was sprayed on. I had Agent Orange dropped onme,” said Gagas.
But they say this event is not about remembering the hurt theyexperienced in Vietnam, or the heartache of a lackluster welcomehome. It's about the moment now, a proper honor for those fallen,and a welcome feeling of finally being accepted.
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