(Fort Snelling, MN) — The director of Fort Snelling National Cemetery used this year’s Memorial Day program to recognize the 50th anniversary of U-S combat troops leaving Vietnam. Director Marcus Syverson (SEE’-vur-sun) says they served bravely and selflessly. He told the crowd, “with this in mind, I ask you to especially thank veterans for serving in that war by welcoming them home. And to also remember that many who made the ultimate sacrifice in that war never came home.” The V-A estimates there are more than six million Vietnam veterans alive today. Syverson says it’s never too late to say thank you. The Minnesota Historical Society says more than one-thousand-70 Minnesotans died in combat in Vietnam.