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Monday, July 30, 2007

Iraq, Afghan Veterans Honored By Their Vietnam Counterparts

This is a newspaper article from “The Reading Eagle” that appeared today in Reading, PA:

About 300 people attend an appreciation picnic held by a statewide motorcycle club in Ontelaunee Township.

Berks County, PA - Veterans of an unpopular war from the past honored those from another unpopular conflict Sunday at Blue Falls Grove in Ontelaunee Township.

The Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club of Pennsylvania sponsored the picnic to show their appreciation for local Iraqi and Afghan war veterans and their families, said Bruce “Fuzz” Terreson, state president of the club.

“We are all military,” said Terreson, 58. “If you don’t support the war that’s fine, but don’t let the troops down. They are doing their job.”

At the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club of Pennsylvania picnic are,
from left, Bruce 'Fuzz' Terreson, Robesonia, club president; Iraq
war veteran Gaelan Sabatini, address unavailable; and Vietnam
War veteran James Graf, Philadelphia.

Despite the rainy, humid weather, about 300 people attended the picnic, including veterans from other wars and members of the public.

Still, the turnout wasn’t as great as expected because of the weather, so the club donated extra food to a homeless shelter, Terreson said.

The club had been planning the event for veterans and their families for about a month, he said.

“We want to show them we appreciate (their service) and we’ll do what we can for them,” Terreson said.

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