A granite monument, titled, "Sons of San Jose," was unveiled in Guadalupe River Park and Gardens on Saturday to honor the South Bay's Vietnam war veterans. Marianne Favro reports.
San Jose's Vietnam war veterans got their own memorial Saturday.
The granite monument, titled, "Sons of San Jose," was unveiled in Guadalupe River Park and Gardens around noon.
The monument honors the 142 men who died in the Vietnam war, including one man who is still considered missing in action.
The monument was designed to look similar to the larger Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Mario Ramirez, a Vietnam war veteran, attended the ceremony.
"In Washington, D.C., you see all the names. Now you can come here and see our sons of San Jose and touch them and see them and remember them," he said.
The veterans say they still need to raise about $80,000 for maintenance costs.
Guest speakers at the event included San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, U.S. Representative Mike Honda, D-San Jose, and City Councilman Sam Liccardo.