Vietnam Veterans are Honored at the Capitol
The ceremony recognizes the upcoming 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans' week. The ceremony today celebrates the service of more than 58,000 veterans who died during the war. Veterans from all over the state met inside the capitol rotunda to share memories and reflect on their service.
The ceremony comes two weeks before the moving Vietnam veterans memorial wall will make its way to the capitol. The wall will give Missourians a chance to pay their respects. Veterans say the recognition has been a long time coming.
"I passes it on to not only Vietnam veterans but also keep the new veterans that are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan and not forget about them either," said Missouri Association of Veteran's Richard Heigart.
Veterans say Monday's ceremony was the first of its kind that they can remember. 30 or more years after the war, veterans are excited to see some much deserved recognition.