- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Commemorations are being held across North Carolina marking the 50th anniversary of the War in Vietnam.

It was 50 years ago on Sunday that President Lyndon Johnson signed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. The document gave the Johnson and Nixon administrations the legal basis to prosecute the war, although there was fighting before it was signed.

To mark the anniversary, the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs and the Vietnam Veterans of America are holding commemorative events Sunday in five North Carolina communities - Waynesville, Thomasville, Jacksonville, Fayetteville and Charlotte.

A release from the division says the events will formally start the state’s 50th year remembrance of the war and of the 1,600 North Carolinians who were killed or are missing and the 216,000 who served.