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 3rd Annual Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Celebration will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Martin’s West in Baltimore. We are privileged to host this special celebration of service to honor and thank the men and women in our community who served during the Vietnam War. The event is free for all Vietnam veterans and their families.
2020 Event Agenda
- 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Resource Fair for veterans and their families Brunch served
- 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Program includes patriotic music, dynamic speakers, and honor salutes by active-duty military
- 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – Resource Fair for veterans and their families
Our speakers include Joseph Galloway, one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for more than half a century. Mr. Galloway became the only American civilian to receive the Bronze Star with “V” because of his heroism during the Battle of la Drang in November of 1965. With Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore (USA Ret.), he co-authored the 1992 national bestseller “We Were Soldiers Once . . . And Young,” the story of the Battle of Ia Drang, the first major battle of the Vietnam War.
Our second speaker is Kimberly Mitchell, President and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego, a nationally recognized leader in serving homeless military veterans, providing treatment programs to more than 2,000 veterans every year. She is recognized as an advocate for Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam era veterans, having been adopted by an American Airman from an orphanage in Da Nang, South Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War. Ms. Mitchell attended the United States Naval Academy and served in the United States Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer.
Watch the 2019 Event Video
From Our Veterans and Guests
“The speakers were inspirational and the overwhelming support for all was amazing.” – Ellie W.
“It is a very emotional ceremony. Giving thanks to those who lost love ones and to those survivors, acknowledging thanks is the biggest form of gratitude.” – Gerald B.
“I finally felt someone other than family was glad to have me back.” – Joseph W., Veteran
“I am a Vietnam combat veteran – I found the event very moving – great of Gilchrist to host – just awesome.” – Barry M., Veteran
“There was such a feeling of joy. The volunteers were so up beat. I felt as though they truly cared about each and every person there.” – Sharon R.
“It had a great impact on my Vietnam Veteran husband. He hasn’t stopped talking about how good it made him feel, especially since when he returned home thru the San Francisco Airport, he was told to change out of his uniform because he’d be treated poorly.” – Mary M., family member of veteran
“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
“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