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Tribute paid to veterans at Vietnam traveling wall

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The 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.

Dozens of Vietnam veterans volunteered their time to help assemble the memorial, an 80 percent scale replica of the original wall in Washington, DC.

"There's 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."

Some 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.

"It's 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."

The 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 ultimate sacrifice.

"This 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."

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