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Traveling Vietnam Wall returns to Laurel County

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 7:21 PM EDT
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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall is back in Laurel County.

Presented by the City Of London Tourism, the wall was brought in once again by Wildcat Harley Davidson, giving people in the area a chance to see the names of those who fought during the war, without having to travel to Washington D.C.

Marketing Director Chris Minton said everyone should have that opportunity.

“You know, it’s an exact replica, this particular one is an 80% scale. It’s a chance for the communities, to come see the wall, that otherwise may not get the chance to,” Minton said.

Vietnam Veteran James Truett said it is an opportunity, for those involved with the Vietnam War to heal.

“I wish every town could have one, but I know it’s pretty much impossible, but it does so much good,” Truett said.

Minton said it gives his team a sense of purpose, due to a rich history.

“Being able to bring something this powerful here, not even counting the history with the company just being able to bring all that here, we take a lot of pride in it, we take it seriously, and we’re thrilled to be able to,” Minton said.

Minton said it serves as a reminder, to why dates like Memorial and Veterans Day are important.

“To keep that memory alive, to let people know that these guys and gals went over there and fought for us, they fought for a reason, they sacrificed. So, at the very least, if we can just kind of keep that memory alive then that’s just a huge bonus,” Minton said.

Truett said having memorials like this is greatly appreciated.

“With 50,000 names on it and it’s sort of like The Statler Brothers song, he’s more than just a name on the wall,” Truett said.

Minton said he needs the community’s help.

“We could use some more volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering just give us a call at the store, ask for me. We’d love to have you, we’re not turning anybody away,” Minton said.

The Wall is accessible 24 hours and will be closed on June 15th. A locater booth is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for assistance in finding names.

To help volunteer with the wall, you can call (606) 862-5656.

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