Goodnight Saigon Post 3

Ticker Tape parade

Upon returning home from the war, Vietnam veterans were told not to wear their uniform to avoid the ill treatment they may receive. For about seven years after the war had ended this subject was not brought up in pop culture until the early 1980s when musicians began writing songs to show what actually happened to the soldiers during the war. I want to lead my paper in the direction of how soldiers were treated upon returning home from the war and how Billy Joel’s “Goodnight Saigon” helped mend the ties between the veterans and their country.  Many veterans felt abandoned by their country when they returned home, because no one realized what they actually did in Vietnam. In the early 1980s musicians began recognizing what happened in the war and how the soldiers were having a difficult time adapting back to society, but it wasn’t until 1985 that veterans recieved recognition for their service.  In 1985 the United States held a ticker tape parade in New York City for soldiers that served in Vietnam.  This was well received by the veterans as they enjoyed the recognition from the public, but more importantly, seeing old friends they fought beside. The veterans were also given a memorial in the city, a glass wall with names of soldiers that died in the conflict and many that were still missing in action.  This was special for the surviving vets because they were able to see their fallen brothers remembered in some way. I do not think it is coincidence that this recognition happened after musicians began writing songs about the war. I believe that Joel’s “Goodnight Saigon” helped make the public more aware of what the soldiers went through, and helped rebuild the society’s views on the soldiers.,3407679


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