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July 23, 2017 at 2:53am

DuPont to host traveling Vietnam memorial

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One doesn’t have to travel to Washington, D.C., to experience a powerful, emotionally-charged viewing of the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

The city of DuPont will be host to the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial, and the memorial wall will grace Powderworks Park, 1775 Bobs Hollow Lane, in DuPont, Thursday to July 30.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial is one of a handful of traveling Vietnam walls, but it is touted on its website as the largest such traveling wall.

This traveling wall is an 80-percent replica of the Washington, D.C. memorial, created in anodized aluminum. The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is made of granite and said to be the most visited memorial in the Washington, D.C., area. The actual wall is set into the ground at varying heights and takes up a 2-acre site.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall is 8 feet tall and 360 feet long with 58,310 names on it — that’s the same number as currently are on the original wall — including three names added to each this year for Vietnam veterans who died of injuries sustained in the war that led to their death, according to Kevin Weatherly, CEO of American Veterans Traveling Tribute, based in Flint, Texas.

“The wall is a way for all the people who will never get to D.C. to see their family member’s names on the memorial and also a way to bring those veterans on the wall back home,” Weatherly said.

Weatherly said the traveling wall has visited many cities across the state of Washington in the past, but this is its first visit to DuPont. The traveling wall has existed since 1998 and operated under its current ownership since 2006. The owner of the wall is retired Lt. Col. Don Allen, a Vietnam Special Forces veteran.

Administrators in the city of DuPont petitioned to have its city host the wall during the free commemorative event sponsored by the Marine Corps.

“The city of DuPont is very honored to be hosting the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall,” DuPont mayor Mike Courts said in a news release Monday. “Military and civilians alike respect the sacrifices made by the men and women who served our nation during the Vietnam War. This traveling wall has been a solemn and healing tribute to all of those who served or had loved ones who served during this time. We look forward to providing an opportunity for the people of our region to show their respect at this memorial.”

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