SAN DIEGO – Ceremonies to commemorate the Vietnam War and honor its veterans were held at San Diego's two military cemeteries Wednesday.
Around 20 war veterans attended Wednesday's ceremony at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma. Veterans of the conflict received commemorative pins and shared their stories.
"I have 10 friends that came back home in boxes and bags, I can’t dishonor that and say it was the wrong thing to do," said Don Spees. "I think it’s recognition for something that was long overlooked."
For many Vietnam veterans, this is the first military ceremony they've ever been to because the stigma against them was so strong for so many years.
"Most people that’s all you want, little pat on the back, shake of the hand and we finally got it," said retired Marine Richard Seymour.
It's been 50 years since the Vietnam War started and the first year there is a national Vietnam War Veterans Day.