Vietnam War ribbon

CAMBRIDGE — More than 45 years after the last American troops left Vietnam, the Dorchester County Historical Society has chosen to recognize Dorchester’s service men and women who fought in the conflict. While it is very late in coming, the timing is finally right for some who served.

DCHS has conducted oral histories of some of these heroes over the last ten months, capturing the realities of young men and women thrust into circumstances that were beyond their imagination. Without exception, this conflict has had an effect on all who were involved.

Adding insult to injury were the receptions that many of these young veterans had upon returning to the United States, the Eastern Shore and Dorchester County. Suffice it to say they were not lauded as those who fought in the World Wars.

At 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, DCHS will host a Vietnam Veterans’ Recognition event and the public is invited. Dorchester County Vietnam War service men and women will be honored with a color guard, special music, a pinning ceremony and more. A moving roundtable ceremony will be presented as will a special speaker, Nancy E. Lynch.

Lynch was a reporter in the 1970s and wrote a column that highlighted her correspondence from troops on the front lines. “Vietnam Mailbag, Voices From the War: 1968-1972” shares stories and photos that are difficult and real. Lynch’s book will be for sale after the event.

Because refreshments will be served, those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to 410-228-7953 or email dchs@verizon.net.

This event is sponsored in part by BGV Insurance, TGM Group and MidShore Community Foundation. DCHS is located at 1003 Greenway Drive, Cambridge.

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