Local Vietnam veterans were remembered outside New Bedford City Hall Sunday afternoon as part of the city's Memorial Day Weekend services.

The importance of Memorial Day is often forgotten with the abundance of sunshine and cookouts, but Alvin Fuller, New Bedford American Legion Post One Commander, says it's important to remember what the holiday is truly about.

"We should remember why we are doing this: for those who have served their country. Get out with veterans and remember those who are no longer with us."

The World War II veteran was the Master of Ceremonies during Sunday's service.

Vietnam veterans returning home weren't happily welcomed back, so they made sure to change that for future generations, such as Desert Storm vet Chris Cotta.

"They knew what veterans were going through and what they were returning home to and they wanted to make sure the response was a lot different than what they had," said Cotta.

Sunday's ceremony included the reading of the names of local Vietnam veterans killed in battle and remarks by Mayor Jon Mitchell and local veterans.

A ceremonial wreath was also placed by the Vietnam Memorial, dedicated by Post One before the war even ended.

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