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Veterans to remember 50th anniversary of Vietnam War

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    By Curt Brown
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    June 12, 2009 6:00 AM

    NEW BEDFORD — The local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America will honor those who served and lost their lives as the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War is remembered at ceremonies Sunday.
    The special ceremonies, which begin at noon, will be held at Fort Taber Fort Rodman and are sponsored by New Bedford Chapter 499 of Vietnam Veterans of America.
    John Remedis of Freetown, president of Chapter 499, said 43 servicemen from Greater New Bedford lost their lives during the Vietnam War.
    The ceremonies are open to the public and veterans of all branches of the military are invited to attend.
    A special plaque-laying ceremony will mark the occasion and honor the first two U.S. soldiers killed in Vietnam.
    Army Master Sgt. Chester Charles Ovnand, 45, of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Army Major Dale Richard Buis, 38, of Pender, Neb., were killed in Vietnam on July 8, 1959. They were killed at Bien Hoa, 20 miles northeast of Saigon, when the Vietcong ambushed their mess hall while the American officers were watching a movie.
    They were part of the Military Assistance Advisory Group sent in 1955 to train South Vietnamese troops. They are the first two names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
    Remedis said two black granite stones with the names of Ovnand and Buis' will be placed at the Vietnam Memorial during Sunday's ceremonies.
    Hayley Morais, 14, of Freetown, the 2009 Miss Massachusetts Junior National Teenager, will sing the national anthem.
    The ceremonies are being held in conjunction with Flag Day, and New Bedford public school children will participate in the event.
    In the event of rain, the ceremonies will be held inside the Kennedy Building at Fort Taber Fort Rodman.

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