To the Editor:

Today I read about an upcoming ceremony for veterans who served in Vietnam.

Unlike other military members in previous wars, they were not given a hero’s welcome upon their return.

Now, 50 years after their homecoming, the Vietnam War Commemoration is honoring veterans with its “Welcome Home” ceremony, which will take place May 11-13 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to

Well deserved; however, too many rough young men, “mostly high school kids” who stood on walls with rifles while we slept at home, will not be attending this homecoming.

And one skinny little kid, Class of 1964 Salinas High School, became Sgt. James Rodney Burnes, U.S. Army, will not be there.

J. J. Burnes
King City

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