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Springfield leaders honor black Vietnam veterans

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City leaders gathered at the center of Mason Square on Saturday afternoon to honor the city's five black Vietnam veterans who lost their lives during the war.

The event was a commemoration celebration of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Monument.

Organizers said it is the oldest monument erected to honor Vietnam vets and the only monument that specifically pays tribute to black veterans.

Speakers on Saturday said the five - Gus Stovall, Jr., David Owens, Norman Ferris, Ronald Hurst and James Starnes - will not be forgotten.

In all, 50 Springfield residents were killed in Vietnam.

Saturday's organizers also announced that a documentary is in the making, regarding the Mason Square monument.

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