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Vets Day / President / Washington, DC Activities / California #2952

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 11, 1969
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(Studio) Vets Day used to show support of President Nixon's Vietnam policy.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) President Nixon and wife, Pat, visit Veterans Administration Hospital. Speak of sports, food, and nurses. [Major Alfred BRUNETTE - says he is in favor of our being in Vietnam. Pullout would be disaster. Against moratorium. Those involved should be sent to Vietnam.] Morale boost for President Nixon and vets.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Arlington National Cemetery) Theme: "Peace With Honor." Dep. Defense Secretary David Packard places President wreath, symbolic of nation's gratitude. V. A. Chief Don. Johnson calls for "silent major" to openly proclaim love of country Mahalia Jackson sings to crowd. Graves shown.
REPORTER: Bill Downs

(DC) Rally held at Washington, DC Monument. [Senator John TOWER - says if United States withdraws or surrenders, we'll destroy credibility of United States as leader of free world.] Crowd polite to sometimes corny speeches.

(Studio) In Los Angeles, General Omar Bradley says United States must leave Vietnam only with honor.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Downs, Bill;
Jarriel, Tom;
McBee, Keith;
Smith, Howard K.

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