HONORING VETERANS Welcome home, indeed. Minot's first welcome home party for Vietnam veterans was held this past Thursday, after the North Dakota Legislature designated March 29 as North Dakota Vietnam Veterans Day. Veterans and well-wishers filled the parking lot at the Metro Mall in southwest Minot to enjoy lunch and fellowship. Organizers said roughly 150 Vietnam veterans attended the event, along with another 150 or people. The Erik Ramstad Middle School band provided music for the event, which culminated in the release of 198 balloons with the names of North Dakota Vietnam veterans whose names are on the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Minot is proud to host such an event. Every veteran deserves to be honored for their service, and events like the one Thursday are a good way to publicly recognize and thank military members for their sacrifices. Welcome home.