I want to thank everyone who helped "Welcome Home" the group of Vietnam veterans in the Oktemberfest parade Sept. 28. There were veterans who came to Marshalltown from around the state to have a long overdue thank you. Many more called and emailed from around the country wishing they could attend! These vets told us they were amazed at their reception from the crowd. They all commented on the applause, the signs and posters, high fives from children, flags waving, people on their feet, and all of the people who said those magical, wonderful words; thank you and welcome home for the entire 11 blocks!