Vietnam Veterans of America Jon Panarese Chapter 654 in Jacksonville, N.C, hosted a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day Ceremony on April 27. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune assisted with a color guard and firing detail.
The POW/MIA advocacy group Rolling Thunder read the names of 38 North Carolinians who were POW/MIA and never returned home. “There are a lot of POWs and MIAs that are missing from not only the Vietnam war, but all the way back to WWI, as well,” Rolling Thunder chapter President Joe Fore told WNCT-TV.
A glass wall engraved with names of the fallen circled the ceremony. “I have two friends that are on this wall,” said Chapter 654 President Michael Carr. “A lot of things that we have now that maybe some folks take for granted are because of the sacrifices Vietnam vets made.”