While the fighting in Vietnam became unpopular, with protesters spitting on soldiers as they returned home, the current conflict has gone on so long in so many places that the public has tended to lose attention on the conflicts and the family tragedies of American loss of life, he said.
“I think in today’s time, we know we want to win, but we’re fighting a different type of a war, with the way the fighting is being done,” he said. “We need to stick together as a country, and not worry about the politics.”
“I think it’s a very tough time to be serving on active duty,” Jeffers said.
Parade Chairman Michael Cupp praised Jeffers as someone who’s “not afraid to get his hands dirty — he’ll pitch in whether he’s conducting a meeting or taking out the garbage.”
“To me, he epitomizes what an American veteran should be,” Cupp added. “Not only did he serve his country, but now that he’s out of the military, he’s serving his community.”
The parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday. Jeffers and Cupp hope parade participants will show up afterward for the Memorial Day Program that will follow the parade at about 11:15 a.m. in Greenwood Cemetery.
“We have a Field of Honor, which is at Greenwood, and it’s where we have Butler County veterans from World War I and World War II, who died in the wars. We will be doing a short cemetery afterward. It would be nice if people would give another 15-20 minutes of their day, maybe go down there with us. It’s right there. You don’t even have to get in your car. I hope all the families show up.”