A ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon at the state capitol to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
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The State Department of Defense Office of Veterans Services has formed a 50th State Commemorative Committee.
“Everyone here is committed to and an advocate for our 50th commemorative initiative,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
The group made of members of the military and the community is in charge of planning major events over the next three years. Those events will pay tribute to the service and sacrifices of Vietnam vets.
Hawaii is one of the first states to have such a group.
“On behalf of the Secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, it is my great honor to officially present to the governor a certificate that designates Hawaii as the first commemorative state,” said Lt. Gen. Claude Kicklighter.
Abercrombie and local military leaders formally accepted a commemorative certificate and flag.
The governor also recognized the partnership between the state and the U.S. Department of Defense.