CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- On Friday, the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial held its 56th annual rededication ceremony.  

The memorial was built in 1965 and the rededication ceremonies began the following year, which in turn became a significant piece of Dogwood Festival Week.

During the Vietnam War, 28 men from Charlottesville and Albemarle County were lost.

This year is the first time there has been a full service and in-person attendance since the pandemic began.

"We do remember these people and we do honor them," said Bruce Eades, the president of the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial and a veteran. "The way we honor them is that these plaques have their names on them. Now we come up here with Wreaths Across America and remember what could have been because these guys had so much potential. They are here to honor the fallen."

This location is one of the first public memorials for Vietnam veterans in the country.