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Monument honoring vietnam vets unveiled

NOW: Monument honoring vietnam vets unveiled

SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- Veterans celebrated the unveiling of a new monument and the 10 year anniversary of Post 1027.

The Vietnam Veterans of America, here in South Bend held a ceremony Sunday afternoon to unveil a bench in honor of all Vietnam veterans. Once a dream, now a reality the bench signifies the legacy of our local veterans. It serves as a reminder of their lives--ones where they grew up serving their country and then coming home to a community where some did not want to accept them. 

After time, healing, and coming together many of the vets have found peace in their service and a place in this community. 

The unveiling ceremony consisted of honors, several speakers, the presence of the Pokakgon group of Potwamni Indian Veterans, and spirited conversation. 

After the bench was unveiled by local VVA members, there was a reception held at the post to also celebrate the local chapters 10-year anniversary. They have been a part of the local community since October 14th, of 2009. Founder Earl Simon is proud to have had the chapter grow to its current 188 members and says that there is always room for more. 

For more information on the Vietnam Veterans of America, Post 1027 of Saint Joseph County go to--

To learn more about the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi group, visit--

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