Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall

CHATSWORTH, Georgia (WDEF) – A piece of American history comes to Murray County.

The traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is on display at Veterans Memorial Park in Chatsworth.

This traveling exhibit helps the nation remember the
58-thousand Americans who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

It is stationed at Veterans Memorial Park at the Murray County Recreation Department on Hyden Tyler Road.

It will be on display and open 24 hours a day until Sunday afternoon at 4:30.

Tim Tetz is the Director of Outreach for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

“So this is a half scale replica, so this is exactly what you would experience in going to the wall in Washington, D.C., but half the size, so the font is half smaller. It’s half the height and width, but still lists the 58 thousand 307 American casualties.”

Many people never get the chance to visit the Memorial in the nation’s capitol, so that’s why this traveling exhibit tours the country.

It will make 35 stops in different cities this year.

For those who served in Vietnam, it’s a powerful reminder of what they have been through.

Kenneth Man of LaFayette, Georgia served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the war.

“If you see this on the news, it’s worth a drive, even no matter how far away it is. I mean, I’ve seen my neighbor’s name on the wall, and some of the people that I knew over there that died. It’s just my way of honoring those that did die.”

Tim Tetz agrees this is a way to remember the sacrifices of the Vietnam Veterans.

“We spend a whole lot of time with kids. We saw about 300 kids this morning, and we’ll probably see an equal amount tomorrow. And we make sure to spend the time with the kids to get them to realize that the average age is 20 years and 9 months. These were really the American heroes that went off, and 58 thousand 307 never returned.”

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