Created on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio observes its first Vietnam Veterans Day this week a year after Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law to honor veterans of the war.
A week of events commemorates the day's first observance, including the display of a traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall replica. The replica goes on display Tuesday at the Ohio History Center in Columbus after an opening ceremony.
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services says there also will be panel discussions on issues including veterans' experiences and perspectives on the war and its aftermath.
A closing event at the Statehouse on Thursday will be followed by a final remembrance ceremony Friday at the center.
While Vietnam Veterans Day is officially Saturday, observances are being held earlier to avoid conflicts with Easter weekend.