Vietnam veterans memorial revealed at Roseburg VA

As the blasts of the 21-gun salute faded across the dry gray sky, a military musician began to play Taps on the bugle.

A crowd of 240 veterans and Douglas County community members raised their hands to cover their hearts, salute and wipe tears as Chapter 805 of the Vietnam Veterans of America unveiled the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross memorial Saturday morning in front of the Roseburg VA Medical Center.

The dedication ceremony honored the 57,439 soldiers who were killed in action during the Vietnam War, and the black box-shaped monument decorated with insignia and quotations is accompanied by a statue of a Battlefield Cross.

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