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Local veterans honor fallen friends, heroes at Memorial Park

Posted at 5:34 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 19:17:52-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — An Omaha tradition canceled by the COVID pandemic, but some still did what they could to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

A small group of Vietnam veterans remembered the brothers they lost in battle at Memorial Park on Monday morning.

Normally hundreds of people gather here, and our state’s representatives give speeches but the normal ceremony was canceled. This year there were no speeches; there were prayers and invocations done by a member of each military branch.

There are monuments dedicated to people killed or missing in action in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Some said there are old friends of there’s honored on the wall.

“I feel obligated to remember them at least once a year. We should do it more often but at least once a year,” said Dan Kutilek, with the 1st Air Cavalry that served in Vietnam.

Almost 400 Nebraskans were killed in Vietnam.