Vietnam War Dead Honored
Matt Demczyk | Jun 3, 2018 AT 7:48 pm
(KNSI) - The Vietnamese Community of St. Cloud and area Vietnam War veterans came together in the rain on Saturday to remember those who sacrificed their lives for freedom in the Vietnam War.
The ceremony, at the Vietnam War Memorial at Lake George, included an offering of incense and a rose in the name of Central Minnesota soldiers who died in the war as well as high ranking Vietnamese officers.
Steve Hennes, of Sartell, served in the Air Force as a crash/rescue firefighter during the war.
"It's very gratifying to see that there is a lot of the Vietnamese community from Vietnam that came over here and established new lives, and they appreciate every sacrifice that Americans made."
Hennes, a former Sartell city council member, says he speaks to high school students about the war and he doesn't sugarcoat anything, letting the kids know that the average age of a soldier was barely older than them.
St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis spoke at the event, saying he's very proud of how the community comes together each year for the service.
"This is a place that forever will be an opportunity for people to gather and remember that collaboration and that freedom, and we honor, not only on a day like today, but always, what their sacrifice means and what it means, really, to live in freedom."