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Governor Haslam Meets With Vietnam Veterans At Tribute Event

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Governor Bill Haslam paid tribute to Vietnam Veterans Monday leading into the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of troops.

Haslam was joined by Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Vietnam Veterans of America Tennessee State Council President Barry Rice.

The proclamation and presentation event was held at 2 p.m. in the Old Supreme Court Chambers in the state Capitol.

The event was scheduled to be held on War Memorial Plaza in front of the Vietnam Veterans Monument, but was changed because of inclement weather.

Haslam said the country has not always done a good job over the years of recognizing veterans of the Vietnam War for their service.

"Regardless of a lot of mixed feelings from Americans about the war, it's very worthwhile to recognize some veterans who really did fight in a real war and paid a high price for that," said Haslam.

Tennessee became the first state to observe Vietnam Veterans Day in 2008.

(NewsChannel 5 and The Associated Press.)

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