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Memorial Day at Patriots Point's Vietnam Base

Waring Hills May 27, 2009
Colonel "Mac" Radcliffe, USMC (Ret.), addresses those attending the Memorial Day ceremony.

Colonel "Mac" Radcliffe, USMC (Ret.), addresses those attending the Memorial Day ceremony.

A crowd of around 300 assembled at 0900 on Monday, 25 May, to observe the nation’s Memorial Day.  Families, veterans, politicians, and newscrews gathered in our Vietnam Support Base.  Vietnam veteran and retired Marine Colonel “Mac” Radcliffe spoke to the crowd. “Mac” served as a company commander at Khe Sahn with First Battlion, Ninth Marines.

Colonel Radcliffe speaks during the program.

Colonel Radcliffe speaks during the program.

His words hit home with those listening as he talked about “all giving some and some giving all.” Mac urged the audience to always remember our veterans who died in combat, because without our remembrance their sacrifice would not have meaning. After the short ceremony a wreath laying was conducted led by Colonel Radcliffe and interim executive director Dick Trammel.

Crowd assembles in the Vietnam support base at Patriots Point.

Crowd assembles in the Vietnam support base at Patriots Point.

Veterans and families seated between two Vietnam era helicopters, the UH-1 Huey and the UH-34 Seahorse.

Veterans and families seated between two Vietnam era helicopters, the UH-1 Huey and the UH-34 Seahorse.

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