Vietnam veterans will hold a special place in Dublin's Memorial Day ceremonies this year.

Vietnam veterans will hold a special place in Dublin's Memorial Day ceremonies this year.

With the Eddie Adams exhibit opening at the Dublin Arts Council gallery and the 50th Vietnam War Commemoration, Vietnam will play a role in May 25 activities.

Alyssa Adams, the widow of Pulitzer-prize winning photographer Eddie Adams who covered the Vietnam War, will be the keynote speaker at the noon commemoration at the Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin Veterans Park.

"She will definitely have a lot of good things to say regarding that," said Sarah McQuaide, Dublin public information officer.

"We'll have yellow ribbons tied around the trees in the sycamore grove in the park," she said.

"It's just another thing to call attention to the 50th commemoration.

"Mayor (Michael) Keenan will also be speaking," McQuaide said.

"He'll make a couple remarks specifically calling attention to Vietnam War veterans and all veterans who have fallen for their country."

The Dublin Singers and the Washington Township Fire Department Pipes and Drums will provide music for the noon ceremony.

Jerome High School senior Maddie Williams will sing the National Anthem.

Memorial Day activities honoring veterans will begin at 11 a.m. with a procession across the state Route 161 bridge to cast a memorial wreath onto the waters of the Scioto River.

"We'll have a rifle salute on the bridge and will do a wreath ceremony to mark those that didn't return," said Jeff Noble, commander of the Lance Cpl. Wesley G. Davids American Legion Post 800.

From the bridge, the procession will move Dublin Cemetery for a ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

Doug Currier will be the keynote speaker.

"At the cemetery there will be speeches from Boys State and Girls State (students)," Noble said.

The Dublin Scioto High School band will provide music.

After the noon commemoration at the Grounds of Remembrance, a free picnic lunch will be held starting at 12:45 p.m.

A complementary shuttle will run from the Grounds of Remembrance to the Dublin Arts Council to see the opening of the Eddie Adams exhibit from 1 to 3 p.m.

Both Alyssa Adams and Hal Buell, an Associated Press photography editor who worked with Eddie Adams, will be at the exhibition opening.

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