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Veterans honored on Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

The rain didn't stop New Yorkers from honoring veterans on Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day over the weekend..

Dozens gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza in Manhattan for a wreath-laying ceremony and a 21 gun salute while Old Glory, a flag marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War was raised.

Family and friends also read the names of the nearly 2,000 New Yorkers who died in service during the Vietnam War.

The War in Vietnam began with the arrival of military advisers in the 1950s, and escalated in the mid-late 1960s.

Direct U.S. military involvement ended in August, 1973 as a result of the Case–Church Amendment passed by the U.S. Congress.

The capture of Saigon at the hands of the North Vietnamese Army in April 1975 marked the end of the war, and North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year.

Over 58,000 Americans lost their lives in the war.

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