Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 10 marks each Memorial Day with a ceremony at their monument in Cincinnati's Eden Park.
This year's speaker was David Foster, First Sergeant, United States Marine Corps (Ret.). Foster enlisted in July 1980 and served multiple tours of duty including Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003; Operation New Horizon/Nicaragua 1999; and Operation Desert Storm 1990-1991.
His speech focused on the importance of remembering on Memorial Day those who died in the line of duty. He said while it's important to thank all veterans on Veterans Day, Memorial Day is especially for honoring the fallen.
Foster told veterans in attendance that their service is remembered by people across the country and around the world. He recounted meeting a young British soldier several years ago who told him to apologize to America's Vietnam Veterans for his country's failure to fight at their sides in Vietnam.
Foster also made a point of thanking women for their service throughout the years, noting women's achievements are often overlooked.
The service included patriotic music by the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Band, a flag raising, placing of honor wreathes, a rifle salute, and the playing of Taps.