Transcript for ARCHIVAL VIDEO: President Reagan Holds Funeral for Unknown Soldier of Vietnam War
It has been a most unusual Memorial Day here in Washington and around the nation it has been a day of memories. We honor those who died in all of America's wars today particularly we grieve and honor those who fell in Vietnam. President Reagan led this state funeral at Arlington national cemetery. We're an unknown Vietnam serviceman took his place at the tomb of the unknown soldier here's our White House correspondent Sam Donaldson. The horse drawn case on bearing the flag draped casket traveled along constitution avenue from the capital of the unknowns remained at lain in state for three days. It paused for a salute by the Vietnam memorial when the names of the 58000 war dead or in scribe. It crossed memorial bridge below the Lincoln Memorial and proceeded into Arlington national cemetery and we're commemorative flags honoring the veterans from so many war is buried there. And where today in the amphitheater. A funeral service was held for this particular veteran of Vietnam. The mourners included Vietnam veterans and their families. Relatives of the dead and government officials led by President Reagan. He said he had not come to write a last chapter or close the books. An end to America's involvement in Vietnam cannot come before we have achieved. The fullest. Possible accounting of those missing in action. The unknown soldier. Who was returned to us today and whom we later rescue symbolic of all our missing shots he saw the horrors of war bravely faced. Certain his own cause in this country's cause was a noble. Let us if we must debate the lessons learned at some other time. Today. We simply say with pride. Thank you dear son. May god created you wouldn't loving arms. The president presented the unknown serviceman the congressional medal of honor. And in the plaza adjacent to the amphitheater. Place was ready for the casket from Vietnam below the tomb of the World War I unknown. And between the resting places of the unknowns from world war two and Korea. Oh. Yeah. And. Vietnam as America's longest war and certainly its most controversial. Not everyone agrees with the president that it was a noble cause. But there does seem to be increasing agreement that those who fought in that war are themselves noble. But by doing their duty as directed they are like the unknown serviceman interred here today where the of the nation's highest honor and respect. Sam Donaldson ABC news Arlington national cemetery.
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