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Q2 Rewind: A long road to recognition for Vietnam veterans in Montana

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In observance of National Vietnam War Veterans Day, the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel will host an event to honor and recognize the service of Vietnam veterans.

Paul Thomae, Navy corpsman during the Vietnam War, will be the keynote speaker, and every Vietnam-era veteran in attendance will receive a lapel pin in a special ceremony as a recognition of the nation's thanks.

This annual holiday was made official just last year with the passing of the The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017.

As those who lived through the war years may remember, recognition and thanks for the service of Vietnam vets was slow in coming.

For this week's Q2 Rewind, we sifted the archives for stories about Vietnam veterans, back when the war was a much more recent memory.

In one story from July 1983, a group called Wives of Vietnam Veterans organized a downtown parade and a cookout in Veterans Park, which, even with a small turnout, gave some long-awaited recognition to the veterans who attended. 

Watch the video above to see our coverage from back then. The scripts for these stories are long gone, so unfortunately we don't have names for the people in the story. If you can help us put names to faces, please drop us a line at news@ktvq.com.

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