JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Saturday was a special day in Jacksonville. The Gary Sinise Foundation honored local Vietnam veterans at the Jacksonville Elks Lodge. Mission BBQ, known for its support of veterans, provided food. Special recognition was given to First Coast News, On Your Side anchors Jeannie Blaylock and Lewis Turner for the station's special program "Voices of Bravery: Honoring the Veterans of Vietnam."
Saturday's event, and "Voices of Bravery" were a tribute to the March 2023 50th anniversary of the end of Vietnam.
Navy Command Master Chief Ret. Mack Ellis gave a riveting tribute to the vets, thanking them for their service and telling them, "Warriors, the watch stands relieved."