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It's Veterans Day and Governor Matt Blunt visited the American Legion Post 639 in Springfield this morning to honor Vietnam veterans as part of the new Vietnam War Medallion Program. Blunt presented over 40 veterans with medallions and certificates of appreciation for their service during the Vietnam conflict. KSMU's Joe Morgan reports.
Governor Matt Blunt honored all veterans today by quoting Winston Churchill as well as Harry Truman. He gave his speech to a crowd of about 200. He expressed appreciation to all veterans who have served in the United States armed forces.
Blunt says the lack of appreciation for the Vietnam veterans was a national disgrace, but he stressed today that it's never too late to honor them.
Blunt expressed his beliefs that all soldiers deserve the utmost respect for putting their lives on the line for Americans to live free and in peace.
The Vietnam War Medallion Program was part of an effort by the Missouri General Assembly last year to further honor men and women who served during the Vietnam conflict. For KSMU News, I'm Joe Morgan.