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Stowe dedicates plaque to veterans

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STOWE, Vt. -

On the 11th month of the 11th day on the 11th hour, the citizens of Stowe assembled to honor those who served their country.

"We can never thank you enough for the privilege of living in America, where we are able to enjoy the gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," said Claudia McClane with American Legion Post 64.
 
The ceremony has been an annual tradition for decades, but this year it was even more special. They unveiled a plaque for the veterans from Stowe who served during the Korean and Vietnam war era.

"When I got the letter from you folks inviting me down here, it broke me up, this town means so much to me," said Stanley Titus, a veteran and former Stowe resident.

It's been 10 years in the making.  For the committee, the hardest part was making sure that everyone was included. "I need to say that this is probably the most proud things I've ever been involved in ever," said committee member Barb Allair.

Eighty Korean and 94 Vietnam era vets are honored with names chiseled in serpentine stone.  Like the soldiers, the rocks are from Vermont. For many people, it was a time to pose and remember those who have died --  a roll call of honor for the people from Stowe.

For Bob Chase, who's both on the wall and a committee member, it's past due.  The Korean war ended 60 years ago and the Vietnam war almost 40. "I guess the time wasn't really right. the Korean War was like a forgotten war, a lot of people who came out of Vietnam had bad feelings about it," Chase said.

He says the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have brought a renewed sense of patriotism in the country. There is space to honor those soldiers too. "This will last -- I hope forever," said Jim Hersh of Stowe.

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