DFW AIRPORT--It's been a long time coming, but Vietnam vets are finally getting the recognition they deserve.
Wednesday, American Airlines paused to honor 300 employees and retirees who served.
"(It's) as simple as a thank you to the Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice, and properly welcome them home," American Airlines' Joe Taney said.
Or, in the case of the Heritage Middle School choir, to sing their thanks. The crowd joined in as the choir sang, "God Bless America."
"They weren't welcomed home the way that they should've (been)," student Will Swinney said. "We wanted to do that for them today."
Miguel Estrada remembers coming home from the war.
"We were told to take off our uniforms and not go out into the general public," he said. "Today, it's worlds apart."
Healing has taken half a century. It might never be complete, but this ceremony was proof: it's never too late to say, "Thank you."