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Vietnam veterans day commemoration: March 26-29 (Photos)

March 30 has been designated as Vietnam Veterans Day in Ohio, commemorated with special events March 26-29.
March 30 has been designated as Vietnam Veterans Day in Ohio, commemorated with special events March 26-29.

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services has released the following information:

Ohio’s four-day commemoration of Vietnam Veterans Day from March 26-29 kicks off Tuesday with opening ceremony at the Ohio History Center at 10 a.m., followed by a panel discussion by Vietnam veterans at 11 a.m. Veterans will have an opportunity to record their recollections of the war for a living history project from 1-4 p.m.

The four days of the commemoration are filled with special ceremonies and exhibits both at the Ohio History Center and the Statehouse. The centerpiece of the commemoration is The Wall That Heals, the premier Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, from Washington, which be on exhibit at the Ohio History Center following the opening ceremony on Tuesday through midnight Friday.

In addition to the opening events, other major events during the week include:

Special Events—March 27, 2013

Panel discussion by former POWs--10 a.m.

Panel discussion by women Vietnam veterans--12:30 p.m.

Living History interviews & Special Exhibits--1-4 p.m.

Special Event—March 28, 2013

Panel discussion by veterans on the aftermath of Vietnam--10 a.m.

Location: Ohio Historical Center
Admission: Free
Address: 800 E. 17th Ave/Velma Ave, Columbus, 43211
Phone: (800) 686-6124

Special Events—March 28, 2013

Closing ceremony at Statehouse Atrium--3 p.m.

Special exhibits

Special Events—March 29, 2013

The Wall That Heals, Wall Retirement and Remembrance ceremony--4 p.m.

Special exhibits

Location: Ohio Statehouse
Admission: Free
Address: Broad and High streets, Columbus, 43215
Phone: 614-752-9777

This year is the first state - level commemoration of the day enacted by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor John Kasich last year to officially designate March 30 as Vietnam Veterans Day. Due to the Easter holiday, events are being held from March 26-29.

The accompanying slide show offers photos of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.


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