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Turlock honors its Vietnam veterans with public ceremony
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Stanislaus County District 2 Supervisor Vito Chiesa speaks during the Vietnam Veterans Day Ceremony as Mayor Bublak and veterans look on Friday morning (CANDY PADILLA/The Journal).

A gloomy, grey sky added emotion to memorializing and honoring those who served and gave all during the Vietnam War several decades ago. The City of Turlock, along with dignitaries and citizens, gathered in front of the Public Safety Facility for a special ceremony honoring Vietnam Veterans Day Friday morning. After the speakers, 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps,” everyone was invited to write the name of a loved one who served in the war on a yellow ribbon and tie it around the flag poles which represent each branch of the military. Army veteran Lee Beldon was pleased with the ceremony but said, "The new generation has forgotten and don't understand the number of men who gave their lives, not exactly willingly, they were taken on behalf of our country." When asked if it would uplift veterans' hearts if more youth were present and involved with ceremonies like these he said, "I'm very concerned about that and that's why I'm glad this took place and that's why I'm here."