Now hundreds gather to remember the people that were once unfairly judged.
"Go back and take a look at where we came from because of the negative press, so many of the guys when they came home just went and hide, because they didn't want to be out in public," says Hensley.
This created a large problem amongst veterans who needed support.
"A lot of these guys withdrew back into themselves, they didn't want to talk about their experiences. Now they're coming out and participating," he says.
One man was initially hesitate to come, but what he found completely completely surprised him.
"I met a lot of really great guys, who are still my friends today. Who, like myself, try to be very positive about everything and just give thanks for each and everyday," says Ron smith, Vietnam veteran.
Like most veterans, the war changed his life.
"When I went over there, I was 19 and not what you'd call real responsible. The only person I sorta cared about was myself and I'm not so sure of that," says smith.
Vietnam caused him to grow up quickly and one night while he was on ambush, he made himself a promise.
"That I would never have another bad day. That I would only have good days, and great days. Pretty much used up all the bad ones," says Smith.
The bad ones still flash in his memory and always will.
"Once you have the experience, it never goes away. It's always going to be there. I think about it I don't know how many times a day," he explains.
But that doesn't mean, he can't see it half full.
"It's really been invaluable to me. And yes, it has made me a much more caring, considerate, compassionate person. If not motivated," Smith explains.
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, maybe war is too.