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On duty, 40 years later

Four decades may have passed since they served, but these Vietnam Veterans looked as if they were ready to go back to war as they rode through downtown Fayetteville in a special parade in their honor Saturday morning. The parade was followed by a ceremony at the Southern Ground Amphitheater, all designed to give Vietnam soldiers a “welcome home” they didn’t get when the war ended thanks to unpopularity in the court of public opinion. Photo/Michael Clifton, www.kombatkamera.com.

Below, the crowd at Fayetteville’s parade honoring Vietnam Veterans Saturday showed their true colors, waving the red, white and blue to “welcome home” veterans 40 years later with a warm reception they didn’t get back then thanks to the war’s unpopularity. Photo/Michael Clifton, www.kombatkamera.com.

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