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VIDEO: Oxford Honors Vets on Vietnam War Anniversary

Oxford High School Color Guard at DAR luncheon honoring Vietnam War veterans.

Thursday marked the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I and the 50 year anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. The Daughters of the American Revolution, commonly known as DAR, hosted a luncheon at Oxford’s St. Andrews United Methodist Church honoring veterans who served in the Vietnam War.
“I had friends that went to Vietnam. I had friends that were killed in Vietnam. I had friends that served in Vietnam. I had friends that were lost in Vietnam,” said DAR David Reese Chapter Regent Sally Malone.
According to Malone, the group has been celebrating veterans for more than 100 years.
“There are 60 members in the Oxford chapter, David Reese Chapter, and our chapter has been in existence for 116 years.” 
The luncheon kicked off with a call to order by Malone, followed by a presentation of the United States’ colors by the Oxford High School Color Guard. Student and former Ole Miss baseball player, Brady Bramlett, serenaded attendees and honored veterans with a musical tribute of “For the Fallen.”
Dr. Andrew Wiest, a distinguished professor from the University of Southern Mississippi, presented a lecture titled, “The Experience of War: The Story of a Combat Company in the Vietnam War.”
Perhaps the most solemn tribute at the luncheon was a table set to honor fallen soldiers. The table, decorated with the same white table cloth and place settings as the other tables, also included a Bible, a red rose, a yellow candle, and the image of a Purple Heart.
The plate and water glass were overturned as a somber reminder for the losses experienced by many during the Vietnam War and a recognition of the sacrifices that were made.
Vietnam veteran Hollis Crowder said the event meant a lot to him.
“To be recognized even across the United States is very special because we didn’t get much recognition or appreciation when we returned from the war.”
This story was contributed by Wes Cooper (jwcooper.go.olemiss.edu) and Kara Knapik.

This story was contributed by Wes Cooper (jwcooper.go.olemiss.edu) and Kara Knapik.

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