HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - They say you can't make up for lost time, but Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1067 is doing their best. We know service members from the Vietnam War did not receive the welcome home celebrations we see today, so on Saturday morning, the local chapter gave them one of their own.
Brenda Dickerson and her other three sisters did not get to thank their brother, Prentice Wayne Hicks, at Saturday's ceremony.
"He was 18, he just graduated, and they just took him right straight in," Dickerson said.
Sadly, the ladies never got the chance to show him their gratitude.
"We just lived from day to day hoping we'd hear from Wayne," Dickerson said.
Little did they know when Hick left home in 1968, he would never return.
"We would sit and watch TV over and over waiting, when they were releasing some of them to come home, praying that one of them was Wayne," Dickerson recalled.
The women said their father stayed hopeful through his dying day in 2002.
"When he passed away, he was still saying, 'he'll be home,' Dickerson said.
Now, they honor their brother's legacy at Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home ceremonies like the one on Saturday.
"He would be so honored that people would take the time," Dickerson said.
Fortunately, many local Vietnam veterans do receive the recognition they deserve through this annual ceremony. We are grateful to all of them who selflessly sacrificed themselves for our freedom.