Recognizing Vietnam Vets

By Casey Killian
By Matt Hicks

July 20, 2012 Updated Jul 20, 2012 at 11:45 PM EDT

Village of Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's the Welcome Home they never had.

Friday night in Owego, it was a celebration recognizing Vietnam veterans and all they did.

A big part of the event was the soundtrack. A local band played hits from the 60s and early 70s--the time when many were putting their lives on the line over in Vietnam.

Veterans in attendance said the music takes them back to the cold reception they received when they first came home.

But they say they are grateful for the long-awaited welcome back.

"The feeling that we got when we came back is still there and hard to shake, but we're here today to honor them," said Veteran Angelo Patitucci.

"We're getting the respect that was due to us when we came home. But I just want to thank everyone who organized this," said Veteran Robert Anders.

"Basically, all we're doing is looking for the recognition. Like the sign...it says 'Welcome Home.' It's a welcome home that they never received coming back from Vietnam," said Event Coordinator William Chandler.

The event is one of many surrounding the visit of the Vietnam Memorial Wall exhibit on the Owego Free Academy football field.

The wall will be in Owego through Sunday afternoon.