We Were Young, We Have Died, You Remembered

Ken Dufresne, right of Columbus, and Anoka County Chapter 470 Vietnam Veterans of America members Steve Ruud and Tony Arellano complete the precise three-corner flag folding ceremony. (Photo by Cliff Buchan)

It was a day to remember fallen veterans and at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the State Capitol in St. Paul, as there was special remembrance for Army Spec. Mike Sampson of Columbus who died on Oct. 3, 1970 from wounds sustained in Vietnam. The program, led by the Anoka County Chapter 470 Vietnam Veterans of America, included the raising of Sampson’s coffin flag.

The memorial honors the 1077 Minnesota service members who died in Vietnam or are missing from the Vietnam War.