Congressman Bob Goodlatte honors Vietnam War veterans

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WOODSTOCK, Va. (WHSV) -- "It's about time. It's been a long time, but thank God today, they were recognized," said veteran James Kilby.

A room full of veterans at Woodstock's National Guard Armory were honored in Woodstock Thursday to remember 50 years since the Vietnam War.

The commemoration was hosted by Congressman Bob Goodlatte, for the men and women in the sixth congressional district who served during the Vietnam War era.

"They deserve this day," said Kilby.

"We understand disagreements in American policy, but it should never have been taken out on the brave men and women who served this country," said Congressman Goodlatte.

"It's important history and we should not repeat it. We should learn from what we experienced in that conflict," said Vietnam veteran Gale Heaivilin.

Honored in song, in speech and in silver, each veteran received a pin and a handshake as a token of gratitude for their service.

"You can see by looking in their eyes how meaningful it is to hear 'thank you for your service to your country'," said Goodlatte.

The thankfulness of a country is now permanently pinned on their hearts.

"Thankful. It made me feel thankful," said Kilby. "Good, proud and thankful."