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Vietnam Veterans Day in Missouri

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People visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on March 29, 2013 as the US marks the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of its last combat troops from South Vietnam.  (AFP/Getty/ Nicholas Kamm)

People visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on March 29, 2013 as the US marks the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of its last combat troops from South Vietnam. (AFP/Getty/ Nicholas Kamm)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – Today (Saturday) is “Vietnam Veterans Day” in Missouri.

For the first-ever commemoration, Governor Nixon hosted a gathering in Jefferson City to recognize four Vietnam-era veterans and thank them for their military service.

Among them was David Coleman of House Springs, a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant who was wounded in the Battle of Khe Sanh.

Coleman and the others received a special medal, coin, and certificate.

A bill signed into law last year established March 30 as Vietnam Veterans Day each year in Missouri. Governor Nixon says Missourians are encouraged to observe it “wth appropriate events, activities and remembrances in honor of the veterans who bravely fought, served and sacrificed during the Vietnam Conflict.”

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