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Vietnam Memorial Ceremony begins in Marion

As the more than 58,000 names filled the morning air, the names of sons, brothers and fathers from all across America were honored. As the more than 58,000 names filled the morning air, the names of sons, brothers and fathers from all across America were honored.
The Vietnam Memorial Ceremony continues throughout the week at the Marion VFW POst 1309. The ceremony begins at 6 a.m. and runs through 8 p.m. daily. The Vietnam Memorial Ceremony continues throughout the week at the Marion VFW POst 1309. The ceremony begins at 6 a.m. and runs through 8 p.m. daily.

MARION, IL (KFVS) - The sound of the bugler filled the morning air outside the Marion VFW Post 1301 on Monday morning, signaling a journey through the names of the men who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

As the American flag was raised to full staff, the names one by one were read aloud by veterans and employees at the Marion VA Medical Center.

"I think it's very important to recognize the vast number of veterans in this conflict," said Paul Beckleman, director at the Marion VA Medical Center. "We at the Marion VA are proud to serve veterans. These are soldiers that never had the opportunity to become Veterans. And this is not something we can ever forget."

As the more than 58,000 names filled the morning air, the names of sons, brothers and fathers from all across America were honored.

"Well it's kind of humbling for me," said Kenneth Dilbeck U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran. "It was like my way of expressing some gratitude for them. I know I came back and fifty eight thousand didn't."

Gone but not forgotten, their service and sacrifice will always be remembered by those who served alongside them.

"It's an acknowledgement of those that have fallen," said Mike Gunter U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. "Also it's an acknowledgement of those that are still here with us. As we know there are still many Vietnam veterans who feel like they've never some home totally. With the psychological damage and the PTSD, and everything that happened during the Vietnam War. We hope that today is the beginning of the healing as we all enter our golden age."

The Vietnam Memorial Ceremony continues throughout the week at the Marion VFW Post 1301. The ceremony begins at 6 a.m. and runs through 8 p.m. daily.

On Friday the names of all Illinois' Vietnam Soldiers killed in the war will be read.

Then on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., there will be an unveiling ceremony of the Vietnam Monument during the Veteran's Reunion in Marion.

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