President Trump spoke at a meet-and-greet with Vietnam War veterans in Da Nang, Vietnam, and one veteran teared up when he had the opportunity to embrace the commander-in-chief (video below).
In his remarks, President Trump spoke of the importance of honoring veterans and reiterated his administration’s support for those who served.
“Our veterans are a national treasure, and I thank them all for their service, sacrifice and patriotism,” Trump said, according to a White House transcript of the speech.
The president added:
To each of you with me today, you are the heroes who fulfill your duty to our nation. And each of you, under the most difficult conditions, did what you had to do, and you did it well. My administration, as you all know, is committed to rebuilding our military and honoring the hard work and sacrifices of all veterans. We’re extremely proud of what we’ve done with the Veterans Administration. Dr. Shulkin has done an amazing job with choice and accountability and so many other things that we are doing and in the process of doing. The Veterans Administration is a whole different place.
Trump also announced the signing of a proclamation meant to honor Vietnam veterans in particular.
“I just want to thank these seven very brave people for being here. I got to know them for a few minutes upfront, and they are definitely tough, smart cookies. We like them. I think they like me too,” Trump said, acknowledging the men who joined him on stage.
In a video of the speech, one vet can be seen becoming emotional as he embraces President Trump prior to speaking.
Many readers applauded President Trump for acknowledging the veterans who fought in the Vietnam War.
“It’s about time Vietnam veterans get recognition. They were treated like red headed step children when they retuned from war. I was very young but I remember it, and never understood why they were treated so badly,” one Mad World News reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.
“Truly a special moment for the veterans of the Vietnam war! May they feel the love and thankfulness we have for their service….even though it’s been a long time coming,” another wrote.
“This brought me to tears. It was my generation that went to this war. For those soldiers that never got a proper home coming I very proudly say welcome home soldiers, welcome home,” another added.
Sources: The White House, Mad World News/Facebook / Featured Image: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Screenshot via White House/YouTube