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Vietnam War commemoration ceremony held in Frankfort

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Veterans and civilians gathered in Frankfort Thursday to pay tribute to Vietnam War veterans as part of a national Vietnam War commemoration.

Thursday's event was the first major event in Kentucky honoring the 50th anniversary of the war. The national commemoration will run through 2025. All Vietnam War era veterans and their families were welcome to attend.

The national program aims to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families' for their service, honor and sacrifice.

Beshear says today's commemoration is about remembering the courage, commitment and conviction exemplified by so many during the war.

“I was fortunate because I was never ordered into harm's way but I had a lot of friends who were, a lot of them and some of them didn't come back so to be able to stand here today with you and thank our Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice is especially meaningful,” Beshear said.

The Vietnam War Memorial in Frankfort was dedicated 25 years ago.

The sundial design is unique among war memorials.

The names of Kentucky's 1,103 fallen soldiers are carved into the base in a design that allows a shadow to fall on the name of each service member on the date he died.

At the memorial, you will also find rubbing paper for reproducing the carved name of a loved one.

More than 58,000 Americans gave their lives during the Vietnam War.

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