- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

TICKFAW, La. (AP) - Two markers commemorating U.S. forces that fought in the Vietnam War have been unveiled at a cemetery in Tickfaw.

The Daily Star reported (http://bit.ly/1pG2Wk6) the Independence chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America organized the project and provided oversight during eight months of planning.

The markers are at Our Lady of Pompeii Cemetery in the Tangipahoa Parish community of Tickfaw.

The dedication ceremonies on June 14 - Flag Day - were attended by about 75 veterans and others and included a 21-gun salute.

“We had two large donations from private citizens that covered about 80 percent of the cost,” said Vietnam veteran and project organizer Tommy Munster said. “We just started talking about it and it mushroomed. This is the start. We hope to expand this to other areas as funds are available.”

“It just fell into place with the timing,” Munster said. “We couldn’t make Memorial Day, so Flag Day was the next holiday and we thought it was a good fit.”

Tangipahoa Parish Councilman and Vietnam War veteran Louis “Nick” Joseph was among elected officials on hand.

“This was a tremendous service to the men and women who fought and died in Vietnam,” Joseph said. “It’s great for the veterans and their family members to show they may be gone, but not forgotten. It means a lot of the service members and their families.”

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Information from: The Daily Star, http://www.hammondstar.com

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