- Associated Press - Saturday, April 25, 2015

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the start of Vietnam War is being held at Camp Lejeune (luh-JERN’).

The ceremony will be held Saturday at the Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens.

The exact start of U.S. involvement in Vietnam is nebulous. However, it was in June 1965 that the U.S. commander in Vietnam said South Vietnam would collapse within six months unless American combat troops entered the war as combatants.

The Vietnam Veterans of America organized the Lejeune ceremony. Paul Crowell of the local VVA chapter tells The Daily News of Jacksonville the event is an opportunity to support troops who were shunned by their own country.

In case of bad weather, the event will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.

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