Local Vietnam Remembrance

April 20, 2007

As people took time Friday to remember those lost in the Virginia Tech tragedy, another type of remembrance took place in Charlottesville.

Many gathered at the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial at McIntire Park to remember those lost in Vietnam. Some say the emotional impact of Vietnam is similar to what students at Virginia Tech are going through right now.

"And all those kids down there have a significant emotional event they will have to live with for the rest of their lives and they're going to have to process and deal with it just like we had to process and deal with Vietnam. I think that we just need to be in solidarity and support with them," said James O'Kelley, a Vietnam Veteran.

The memorial, created in 1966, was the first of its kind in the country.

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