Aquin's Veteran Tribute
photos and video from Veterans' Day 2015
Mr. Saavedra went into the Army at the age of 21 and served from 1968-1970 in Vietnam with the 19th Combat Engineers. While there, his duties included driving a Jeep and going head first into small underground tunnels to check for enemies. He was known as a “Tunnel Rat” and this was a very stressful and dangerous job. He attained the rank of Specialist 4 and earned the Army Commendation Medal with a V device for Valor, a Bronze Star with a V device, a Purple Heart, and a Vietnamese Purple Heart.
The message Mr. Saavedra left with the audience (in addition to a very honest description of his life as a veteran and his war experiences) was that when you see a veteran, tell him 'Welcome Home' and to 'thank him for his service to our country'. The entire audience gave Mr. Saavedra a standing ovation at the conclusion of his presentation.
'Thank you Mr. Saavedra and Welcome Home'