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A celebration honoring Minnesota's Vietnam vets was marked both by who was there -- and who wasn't.
If someone threw you a party about 40 years too late, would you still go?
On Saturday, at least 1,500 of Minnesota's Vietnam-era veterans did. The vets, along with friends and family that brought the total crowd to an estimated 5,000, came to an event in their honor held on the State Capitol grounds in St. Paul. There were cheese curds and hot dogs, plane flyovers and a color parade, live entertainment and VIP speakers, laughing children and nodding grannies. A lot like any summer weekend festival, until you got to the "Traveling Wall," a three-fifths scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C., listing the names of the dead, including more than 1,000 Minnesotans. Read the entire story here: http://www.startribune.com/local/48007332.html?elr=KArks7PYDiaK7DU2EkP7K_V_GD7EaPc:iLP8iUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUHDYaGEP7eyckcUX
Yes, indeed better late than never to thank and honor our Vietnam vets.