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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
names of 54,263 men and women who lost their lives during the Vietnam War are
on display on the traveling memorial wall, currently available to view at
Toledo's International Park.
of Vietnam veterans volunteered their time to help assemble the memorial, an 80
percent scale replica of the original wall in Washington, DC.
many Vietnam veterans here honoring their brothers and sisters whose names are
listed on the wall," said Lt. Haraz Ghanbari, of the US Navy. "It's also a really
good opportunity for these Vietnam veterans to have some closure and some
healing at the wall."
vets even traveled from other states to honor their fallen brothers in arms. They
appreciate that the traveling wall allows people from all over the country to
experience this solemn tribute.
a great tribute because there are a lot of people that can't afford the trip [to
DC]," said veteran Roy "Recon" Hernandez. "And to [be able to] bring their
grandchildren. This is history being done here."
memorial is a chance for everyone to show their gratitude to the men and women
who were not given the respect they deserved during the war, but still paid the
is an opportunity for the public to right a wrong," Lt. Ghanbari said. "That is
to give these fine Americans that answered their country's call to service two
simple, yet profound, words: Thank you."