WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION
Gilchrist’s Welcome Home celebration honors the veterans in our care as well as all of the veterans in our community, and coincides with Maryland’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan in 2015. This celebration is one of the many ways Gilchrist recognizes the unique needs of veterans and thanks them for their sacrifice and service to our country. We are proud to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. To learn more about Gilchrist’s We Honor Veterans program visit gilchristcares.org/whv or call our veterans coordinator at 443-849-8306.
Gilchrist’s 2nd Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration was held on March 30, 2019 at Martin’s West in Baltimore and provided Gilchrist a way to honor and thank the men and women in our community who served during the Vietnam War. For this celebration, over 900 attended this event with emcee George G. Forrest, USA (Ret.) and guest speakers Governor Larry Hogan, Diane Carlson Evans, USA; Guy Gruters, USAF; SM Rodwell L. Forbes JR 111, USA (Ret.) and Jamie Alban, USMC. To learn more about our speakers, read our blog.
Photos from the 2019 Event
From Our Veterans and Guests
“The celebration will never be forgotten. I feel completely honored and appreciated for the sacrifices that we made but afraid to feel pride until your event.”
Art G., Vietnam Veteran
“I had a friend who said he wouldn’t go because he wasn’t thanked originally, and didn’t want thanks now, but who was very touched by the whole experience and said that he would come to the next one.”
Richard H., guest of veteran
“I loved it. As a woman veteran, I felt very special.”
Anne S., Vietnam-era Veteran
“Being so good, how will you top next year?”
Sherman C., Vietnam Veteran
“My first husband was a Vietnam Combat Veteran, who is now deceased and it helped me to heal.”
Karla L., family member of deceased Vietnam Veteran
“This celebration seemed like one big happy family.”