Fred Faust served in Vietnam for four years. The aftermath of that war still brings back painful memories.
"When we first came back from Vietnam we didn't get treated very well. I mean some of it was down right nasty," Faust said.
Tonight Faust joined with other veterans, their families, and members of the Tennessee Valley community at Huntsville's Veterans Memorial to honor Alabama's Vietnam Vets on this 50th anniversary.
"This tribute has been set aside to recognize the 16 Alabamians, missing in Action, and the 1207 Alabamians that were killed in Action. Now those represent a small number. Right now 58,282 Americans lost their lives," said Veteran, Jeffery Wishik.
The evening's events began with churches in downtown Huntsville ringing their bells for 5 minutes. Followed by a ceremony and the reading of names.
Faust said for him and his fellow veterans these acts of recognition mean everything.
"It is so different now. When you go some place people say, 'thank you for your service'. It means a lot. It means acceptance, that people recognize what you went through and the problems you faced when you got back. That's what is important to us," Faust said.