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On March 29, 1973, the last round of troops came home from Vietnam. Last March, Governor Kasich declared March 29 Vietnam Veterans’ Day in Ohio. This day is celebrated and recognized in 35 states so far and more are hoped to be added each year. This year, Ottawa County held its first annual Welcome Home Vietnam Era Veteran Celebration which was held at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.
The event was independently organized by veteran Ernie Hopkins and sponsored by the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office. Hopkins is a Vietnam veteran. He served 15 months in infantry in Charlie Company 5/46 198th Americal Division artillery. Veterans were asked to serve on a committee to help with the event which also was critical in making this event happen.