AUGUSTA – Vietnam veterans packed the Maine State House Friday for a ceremony honoring their service.
Friday, March 29 was National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
The ceremony, featuring guest speakers and music, marked fifty years since 1969, which speakers called one of the toughest years of the Vietnam War.
343 Mainers laid down their lives in Vietnam.
For those gathered in the Hall of Flags, they got a thank you from Maine’s Governor Janet Mills, whose brother served in Vietnam.
“We mourn those who laid down their lives and recognize the many still living with battle scars both seen and unseen and we keep our promise to never forget those who are still missing,” said Governor Mills.
The ceremony also included the laying of a wreath at a plaque in the Maine State House that recognizes Vietnam veterans.