RI honors Vietnam vets at State House ceremony


Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has thanked the state’s Vietnam War veterans at a first-of-its-kind ceremony in the State House.

Chafee, an independent, told a few dozen veterans Friday that America has not thanked them enough for their service in what he called an “unfortunate” conflict.

State lawmakers voted thirty years ago to set aside May 15 as a day to honor Vietnam War veterans, but Friday’s event marked the first time ceremonies have been held in the Statehouse.

Veteran Wayne Smith served as a combat medic in Vietnam. He tells The Associated Press that it “warms his heart” to see his fellow veterans publicly recognized after many returned home to a cold welcome. 

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