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Utah Vietnam veterans to be honored at Capitol

Published: Thursday, May 16 2013 2:41 p.m. MDT

FILE -In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 file photo, Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, points out where grass is growing out over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. As the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam 40 years ago, angry protesters still awaited them at home. North Vietnamese soldiers took heart from their foes' departure, and South Vietnamese who had helped the Americans feared for the future. While the fall of Saigon two years later — with its indelible images of frantic helicopter evacuations — is remembered as the final day of the Vietnam War, Friday marks an anniversary that holds greater meaning for many who fought, protested or otherwise lived it.  (Jacquelyn Martin, File, Associated Press) FILE -In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 file photo, Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, points out where grass is growing out over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. As the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam 40 years ago, angry protesters still awaited them at home. North Vietnamese soldiers took heart from their foes' departure, and South Vietnamese who had helped the Americans feared for the future. While the fall of Saigon two years later — with its indelible images of frantic helicopter evacuations — is remembered as the final day of the Vietnam War, Friday marks an anniversary that holds greater meaning for many who fought, protested or otherwise lived it. (Jacquelyn Martin, File, Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's Vietnam War veterans will be honored Saturday on Armed Forces Day in a ceremony at the state Capitol.

The Colonial Flag Foundation, KUED-TV and the Utah Department of Veteran Affairs will produce the program that will run from 2-4 p.m.

The program will begin with remarks by Gov. Gary Herbert, followed by an exhibit and reception in the Hall of Governors at the Capitol.

A Healing Field display will provide a backdrop of 364 U.S. flags — one flag to honor each Utahn killed in Vietnam — and a moment of silence will be observed at the Utah Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Capitol’s west lawn.

Flags of each branch of the military, the Prisoners of War flag and the Vietnam Service flag will fly to honor all Utahns who served in Vietnam.

Veteran Wendy Griffin marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at the Salt Lake County Government Center. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News, Kristin Murphy, Deseret News, Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Veteran Wendy Griffin marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at the Salt Lake County Government Center. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News, Kristin Murphy, Deseret News, Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

The event is open to the public.

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