CATSKILL — Several local veterans were outraged by the political rhetoric in a speech during the opening ceremony for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall on Thursday.
The Memorial Wall features the names of the 58,220 Americans who lost their lives in Vietnam. The exhibit is scaled down to three-fifths of the size of the one in Washington. An escort of over 100 motorcycles and law enforcement and emergency vehicles from throughout the county accompanied the wall to the Historic Catskill Point.
Tom Andreassen, the post commander of the Honeyford Memorial Post 110, served as the master of ceremonies on Thursday.
In his speech, Andreassen warned the audience to be mindful of who they voted for, so they could keep socialists and communists out of government, because that is what veterans died fighting for.