(WASHINGTON) — This Memorial Day, the Obamas and the Bidens plan to celebrate the holiday in an event at the Arlington National Cemetery, where they will honor those who fought in the Vietnam War.
“This month, we’ll begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a time when, to our shame, our veterans did not always receive the respect and the thanks they deserved — a mistake that must never be repeated,” said President Obama on May 16, 2012.
The federal government is partnering with state governments, local governments, private organizations and other communities to launch the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The commemoration serves to honor the more than 3 million men and women who served our country in one of our most challenging conflicts.
The ceremony will honor those passed and living, highlight the contributions of those who helped the United States during the war and pay tribute to those who assisted on the home front.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire
Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire