Weekend celebration honors Vietnam vets in Camden County 50 years later

David Madden
September 07, 2019 - 4:00 am
Camden County Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Dan Keashen/Camden County

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Camden County is in the middle of a four-day celebration honoring veterans who served in the Vietnam War a half-century ago. 

The commemorative event began Thursday with the arrival of a traveling replica of the Washington, D.C.-based Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall, which contains the names of those who died in the conflict. The wall will remain on Veterans Island in Cooper River Park through the weekend. 

"We had individuals driving from as far as the shore to come up to see the wall and touch the wall and possibly remember an individual who gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country," explained Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen.

Survivors and their families can attend several events throughout the weekend, including a resource fair, a concert and a run to remember the heroes from the 9/11 attacks.

"We are now moving forward presenting specific Camden County Vietnam War veteran medals to individuals within the county," Keashen added, "and we’re going to be searching out those veterans who have served — and are residents who live here in Camden County — over the next five to 10 years."