Episode 2612 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature a story about the appearance of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at Dunnellon, Florida. The featured story comes from the Citrus County Chronicle and was titled: Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arrives in Dunnellon . It was submitted by Matthew Beck, the Chronicle photo editor.
The 288-foot-long Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall memorial is a 3/5-scale exact replica of the original Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial will be open 24 hours each day until Sunday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. when a closing ceremony will be held at Ernie Mills Park on Bostick Street in Dunnellon.
The wall has names of all 58,281 U.S. service personnel who died in the Vietnam War, just like the Vietnam Memorial in the nation’s capital. Of those, there are three sets of father-and-son casualties and six women’s names etched in the panels.
In addition to the memorial to those lost in the Vietnam War there are also tributes with names of those who died on 9/11, Iraq and Afghanistan, Desert Storm and Desert Freedom.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is part of the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard (V V B) located in Brevard County Florida. The V V B is a 501(c)(3) organization that was formed and incorporated in December of 1985. The VVB is a grass roots, community based organization.
It strives to be an active member of the community by having a color guard and a rifle team to participate in local events. It also supports a transitional housing facility which helps veterans in getting back up on their own.
The members plan on taking this same dedication and putting it into the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall; not only in Brevard County, but other Florida counties and all of the United States as well.
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Listen to episode 2613 and discover more about the appearance of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at Dunnellon, Florida.