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Ceremony at Brooklyn Park church honors American and Vietnamese veterans

Updated: November 17, 2019 06:11 PM

The Church of St. Gerard Majella in Brooklyn Park honored Vietnamese and American veterans Sunday, bringing together the diverse community in a bilingual ceremony.

The Rev. John Klockeman spoke about the bravery of all the men and women who served their country as Veterans Day passes.

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”We're having a celebration not only for the 117 Vietnamese martyrs but also ... combining it with honoring our veterans," Klockeman said.

And the Rev. Joseph-Quoc Thien Vuon said he feels the same gratitude, especially as the tribute shows just how many people want to come together and give thanks. He said the ceremony brings harmony between different communities, bridging different cultures

It's a sacrifice the church here wants recognize and remember.

"I think a lot of Christians, and especially Catholics, want to honor both God and country and the service and sacrifice that veterans have had ... in maintaining our freedoms and defending our freedoms of which we have enjoyed, like freedom of religion," Klockeman said.

The ceremony also celebrated Brooklyn Park’s growing diverse community.

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