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Despite a drizzly Saturday morning in Concord, thousands came out to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2012 Vietnam Veterans Homecoming. Despite a drizzly Saturday morning in Concord, thousands came out to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2012 Vietnam Veterans Homecoming.
Charlie Daniels himself, a Wilmington native, said, "It's about time for events like this." Charlie Daniels himself, a Wilmington native, said, "It's about time for events like this."
Over 62,500 tickets were scanned at the gates, and many veterans said that it was "better late than never" when asked if it took too long for them to have a proper homecoming from the Vietnam War. Over 62,500 tickets were scanned at the gates, and many veterans said that it was "better late than never" when asked if it took too long for them to have a proper homecoming from the Vietnam War.

CONCORD, NC (WECT) - Despite a drizzly Saturday morning in Concord, thousands came out to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the 2012 Vietnam Veterans Homecoming, sponsored by the USO, North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Over 62,500 tickets were scanned at the gates, and many veterans said that it was "better late than never" when asked if it took too long for them to have a proper homecoming from the Vietnam War.

Children, American flags and more decorated the speedway, and a US Army parachute team jumped to the field.

Family and friends came out for live music and food, saying it's a time to remember the war and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Many added that the event was a nice change compared to original homecomings where many were not welcomed home – in fact, back then, some were even spit on upon their returns to the US.

The Charlie Daniels Band was present, serving as the closing act. Charlie Daniels himself, a Wilmington native, said, "It's about time for events like this."

Daniels added that more people should recognize all veterans.

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