Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Chris Gomes speaking at Vietnam Veterans' Recognition Day ceremony at Fort Taber/Fort Rodman.[/caption]Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 499 recognized the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War Saturday with a ceremony at Fort Taber/Fort Rodman.

Vietnam veterans were joined by veterans from other wars to pay respect to the men and women that made it back home, and those that never did.

The city's veteran's agent and Iraq War veteran Chris Gomes acknowledged the work of Vietnam vets making sure every service member receives a warm welcome home.

The ceremony also honored individuals for their work in recognizing veterans.

Mayor Jon Mitchell was honored for the city's successful Veteran's Day parade, City Councilor Joe Lopes was awarded for his initiative to give out challenge coins to Vietnam veterans last fall, and Colonel Grace Regan was honored for her work on the military women's memorial dedicated last summer at Fort Taber/Fort Rodman.

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