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Veterans Honored At The Grand Ole Opry

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by Chris Cannon

DONELSON, Tenn. - Vietnam veterans were honored with red carpet treatment Tuesday night at the Grand Ole Opry.

A marching band led the veterans through Opry Plaza and into the famed music house. It was a very different welcome from when the Vietnam War ended 40 years ago.

"They were absolutely cheated. They were cheated badly by the public, by the government," said Many-Bears Grinder, the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner.

Tom Taylor walked the red carpet into the Opry House. He served during the Vietnam War era.

"It brings tears to your eyes, just really thankful to be recognized," Taylor said.

The Vietnam veterans, as well as veterans from other wars, were joined on the carpet by their loved ones.

"That makes it even more special because, by all means, they work just as hard as we do and put up with just as much," said Angela Harbula, from the Tennessee National Guard.

Country artist Lee Greenwood participated in the Opry show. He has spent much of his career honoring the men and women in our military, and holds them close to his heart.

"I wear a MIA bracelet of a downed Marine pilot and I've worn it for 35 years," Greenwood explained.

Country artist Easton Corbin was part of the Opry line-up Tuesday night. His father is a Vietnam veteran. He was on the carpet to greet the veterans as they arrived for the show.

"We wouldn't have this great country if it wasn't for people like that. you know, that made that sacrifice.  It kind of gives me chills when you hear that drum line and the guys walking by," according to Corbin.

Angie Johnson also performed Tuesday night. She served in the Air Force and became a YouTube sensation when video of her performing overseas went viral. She now has a recording and recently released her first EP of her work.

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