Wreaths laid to honor and remember veterans

08/06/2014 7:49 AM

08/08/2014 2:52 PM

Vietnam veterans from across the country gathered Tuesday for a wreath-laying ceremony at Wichita Veterans Memorial Park.

The veterans are in town for the national leadership and education conference for the Vietnam Veterans of America, which began Tuesday and runs through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Organizers are hoping that 700 to 800 vets will attend.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., is scheduled to take part Thursday in a forum about Agent Orange, the herbicide used by the U.S. military in Vietnam from 1961 to 1971. Its use has been linked to a variety of ailments in Vietnam vets.

A recognition of prisoners of war and those missing in action will be held at 8 a.m. Friday on the River Walk below the Hyatt.

At Tuesday’s ceremony, officials laid wreaths at the Vietnam Memorial and the nearby Vietnamese American Community Memorial.

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