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Inaugural Memorial Day ceremony for Vietnam Memorial at Griffiss

A big day for Rome as it held its first Memorial Day ceremony at the new Vietnam Memorial.

Posted: May 27, 2019 6:26 PM
Updated: May 28, 2019 9:57 AM

ROME, N.Y - A big day for Rome as it held its first Memorial Day ceremony at the new Vietnam Memorial.

Just over 100 people, including veterans, attended the ceremony to honor those who gave their lives for this country's freedom during the Vietnam War.

The memorial was built on donations from the community.

Several veterans took to the podium to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

A 21 gun salute was another addition to Monday's ceremony.

Mayor Jacqueline Izzo said that this memorial is an important addition to the tech park.

"I think Vietnam is a forgotten war, and for our generation, you know some of those names. I think its a very fitting memorial for them. Very powerful for all our vets in our community," said Mayor Izzo.

The ceremony ended with a Vietnam-era helicopter flying over the memorial.

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