After September 11th, the United States rallied behind its military service men and women in ways that hadn’t been seen since World War 2. Unfortunately for the veterans of the Vietnam War, this wasn’t the case. Most Flags of Valor craftsmen served after 9/11 and grew up watching movies about Vietnam that demonstrated incredible courage coupled with incredible confusion. Films like Hamburger Hill, Platoon, Apocalypse Now, and The Deer Hunter.
Most post 9/11 veterans weren’t alive when some Americans ripped up their draft cards or the shootings at Kent State. Perhaps this is a good thing. This allows younger generations to view the Vietnam Veteran’s service more objectively for what it was…SERVICE to their nation when called upon. Answering the call to serve is one of the great tenants of American society and this makes these men and women heroes in their own right. They returned to a nation that failed to show them the love and gratitude they so badly deserved. Despite it all, they were resurgent… building businesses, mentoring future generations, and inspiring courageous leadership.
Every member of Flags of Valor has a great love and admiration for those who served in the Vietnam War. These feelings have been memorialized in the naming of our most popular wooden American flag, the “Welcome Home”. When we made this tribute years ago, we didn’t yet realize how impactful it would be. Since then, we’ve helped thousands of families recognize the service of their Vietnam Veteran loved ones, and we are honored to be a part of it. We are fortunate to have a Vietnam Veteran (Uncle Joe) on our team and his leadership and mentorship is felt by everyone he interacts with. Also, we were honored to recognize the courageous service of AC Green with our giving back tour (May he rest in peace).
To every veteran of the Vietnam War, we proudly salute you and say “Welcome Home”.