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Veterans remembered at Iris Park ceremony Monday in Durango

Memorial Day sparks memories of those who died in battle
Vietnam veteran James Livenick, who served in the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, told of his colleagues’ exploits and said the Memorial Day holiday is a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. (Christian Burney/Durango Herald)

Veterans were remembered and honored on Memorial Day on Monday at the Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Ceremony at Iris Park in Durango.

Veteran James Livenick, who served in the United States Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, said Memorial Day is all about remembering the men and women who gave their lives, and about the U.S. Constitution.

He told the stories of other men who didn’t return from the war in Vietnam.

“It’s remembering those that gave their lives and the Constitution,” he said.

“It’s about the people who aren't here anymore,” he added.

More than 40 people attended the ceremony, where multiple veterans spoke about their harrowing experiences during the war.


Durango residents turned out to Iris Park on Monday to celebrate veterans and learn from those who served in the Vietnam War. (Christian Burney/Durango Herald)

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