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Lemont VFW honors Vietnam veterans

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 1:52 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:41 a.m. CDT
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com Ray Sargent reads 14 names that will be added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. during the Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Lemont VFW Post 5819 on Saturday.
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski gives a copy of his recognition speech to Lemont VFW Post 5819 Commander Bill Ward during the Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony held Saturday.
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski discusses the importance of remembering and recognizing Vietnam veterans during the Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony.
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski discusses the importance of remembering and recognizing Vietnam veterans during the Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Lemont VFW Post 5819.
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com Vietnam veteran Rich Ponce postmarks where he served in Vietnam during the Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Lemont VFW Post 5819.
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com Veterans Gerold Abraham (from left), John Davin and Philip Maughan welcome U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski to the Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony held at the Lemont VFW Post 5819.
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Erica Benson-ebenson@shawmedia.com Vietnam veterans Bob Lamont of Lemont (left) and Gary Paul of Romeoville look through photo albums and books during the Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony.

LEMONT – Veterans from across the western suburbs attended a ceremony for Vietnam Veterans Day Saturday, March 29 at the Lemont VFW Post 5819.

Attendees heard updates about the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. and shared their experiences from the war.

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) gave the keynote speech at the event.

"Thank you for serving our country when we called you, especially at a time it was not popular to heed the call," he said, according to a news release.

Lipinski acknowledged that some Vietnam veterans may have felt unappreciated because of the unpopularity of the war but said that they deserved the same recognition as any veterans.

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