Apr 18, 2015 6:35 PM

Vietnam veterans finally get a proper welcome home at Pease


NEWINGTON - Vietnam veterans received a much deserved welcome home at Pease Air National Guard Base on Saturday.

"My husband told us about coming off the base and how he would have to change his clothes beforehand because there would be protesters out there ready to throw tomatoes at him," said Nancy Thibodeau as she remembered her husband coming home from war.

Some veterans still remember those days as if it were yesterday.

"I was accused of being a baby killer and anything else. I was just treated like a criminal. So what I did was after I come home, I just kept to myself and I still do that today," said Al Fermahin, who served in Vietnam.

Fermahin told NH1 News, "I shouldn't live like that, but based on experiences so I normally live like that."

Some have taken today's ceremony as a sign to move forward. Thibodeau said her husband has since passed on, but she makes it a point to honor his service.

"I started getting him a bouquet of flowers and my father on Veterans Day, he would have been so proud to be here today," said Thibodeau.


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