In neighboring Hope, a Vietnam Veterans Parade is being organized for Thursday, March 29 starting at 6 p.m. as a series of celebrations and parades will be happening across the nation to honor those from that often-misunderstood conflict.

In neighboring Hope, a Vietnam Veterans Parade is being organized for Thursday, March 29 starting at 6 p.m. as a series of celebrations and parades will be happening across the nation to honor those from that often-misunderstood conflict.
Organizer Ron Brown, a commander of the Billy T. Norton VFW Post, said, “This recognition is long overdue.  Hope along with 29 states and territories are commemorating the anniversary of the final withdrawal of US troops with a day of appreciation March 29.”
Of course, Brown along with local parade coordinator Eddie Brazzel would love to see a large turnout from throughout the region.  In a updated statement last Friday, Brazzel said, “The parade will line up at 6th and Elm (in Hope) and will follow the same route as our Southwest District Fair Parade. No need to register. Just come and be a part of this parade to honor our Vietnam Veterans.”  Brazzel also said that no four-wheelers or ATVs were allowed.
Nevada County residents will be familiar with the route as Brazzel said follows the path and guidelines as the existing Southwest District Fair Parade in the fall, which also attracts a number of participants from Prescott and throughout the region.
Brown that that all floats are welcome, and he encouraged any perspective parade participants to contact him at 870-397-0338.
“I hope there is a good turnout, and I ask folks to be a part of this, rain or shine. Show your Dad, Mother, Brother, Uncle that you care,” Brown said.
According to Brown, more than 40 years after the war, many Vietnam-era veterans continue to feel the effects of their service, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, illnesses from Agent Orange, as well in injuries and wounds from the war itself.
“The Vietnam soldiers did not get the respect that they richly deserved when they came home from the war. We can give them that long overdue ‘Welcome Home’ that they should have gotten then, now. It is never too late to do the right thing,” he said.
Touting what he hopes will be a big turnout and participation, Brown said “As we approach March 29, let’s take time to remember those who honorably served for this Vietnam Veterans Day.”