Quincy: City Holds 30th Vietnam Veterans’ Ceremony

The City of Quincy held its 30th Vietnam Veterans’ ceremony Thursday for the 48 Quincy men who were killed during the Vietnam War.

The service, held at the memorial on the Clock Tower at Marina Bay, had General Joseph Dunford, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as the keynote speaker.

“The young men that we recognize today, they died over 50 years ago,” said Dunford. “Here we are 30 years straight, taking the time to remember the 48 sons of Quincy who lost their lives.”

Dunford, who was raised in Quincy, said he had the chance to meet with Gold Star families at the ceremony.

“They obviously remember their loved ones,” he said. “But when they see that the entire city remembers their loved ones, and elected officials from the state and the city come to recognize that, and so many people showed up today – I think that’s extraordinarily meaningful.”

Speakers at the ceremony included Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, Governor Charlie Baker, and Congressional Medal of Honor nominee, James McCloughan.

The ceremony also included fighter jets from the 104th Fighter Wing which performed the Missing Man Formation.

Memorial services were held all over Quincy, including at North Quincy High School.

Roughly 700 people attended the ceremony at the clock tower, which would likely be the last major Vietnam ceremony in town.

Due to the logistics of planning and health concerns, Lawrence Norton, the President of the Vietnam Combat Veterans of Quincy said it’s time to let it go.

“We’ll still come back, we’ll lay a wreath, and read the names,” said Norton. “But we won’t have flyovers and a big production. It takes a lot out of you.”

After 26 years of organizing, Norton said his favorite part is talking with the families of 48 fallen from Quincy.

“It’s the way we are in the City of Quincy. Very Veteran-orientated, extremely patriotic. There’s always been a large representation from the city in all of the wars,” said George Nicholson, the Director of Veterans’ Services. “But, because Vietnam was neglected, we started to do our own thing to make sure our brothers are not forgotten.”

General Joseph Dunford jokes with Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch.

General Joseph Dunford jokes with Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch.

Fighter jets from the 104th Fighter Wing performing the Missing Man Formation.

Fighter jets from the 104th Fighter Wing performing the Missing Man Formation.

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Roughly 700 people attended the ceremony at the clock tower at Marina Bay.

Roughly 700 people attended the ceremony at the clock tower at Marina Bay.

General Joseph Dunford and George Bouchard from Quincy Veterans' Services.

General Joseph Dunford and George Bouchard from Quincy Veterans’ Services.

A wreath ceremony in the Atrium of Honor at North Quincy High School.

A wreath ceremony in the Atrium of Honor at North Quincy High School.

General Joseph Dunford speaks in front of the Vietnam memorial on the clock tower in Marina Bay.

General Joseph Dunford speaks in front of the Vietnam memorial on the clock tower in Marina Bay.

The presentation of colors just before the ceremony began.

The presentation of colors just before the ceremony began.


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