Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Saturday, April 12, 2014
3 more days to see Vietnam veterans wall

Keys residents have three more days to see the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.

The exhibit, which is six-foot tall at the center and almost the length of a football field, is a 3/5-scale replica of the original V-shaped Vietnam Veterans Memorial national monument in Washington, D.C.

Organized by a local group headed by Vietnam Army Veteran Carl Roy, the replica exhibit was erected this week by volunteers at the Key Largo Community Park, Mile Marker 100 Oceanside.

The exhibit is free to the public through Monday. It can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The wall will be illuminated in the evenings.

This traveling memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships, and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their hometown who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to see the real national monument in Washington, D.C.

At this time, the traveling exhibit is scheduled to make only two other appearances in Florida this year.

• When it leaves Key Largo, the wall will be moved to Melbourne, where it will be on display from April 27 through May 4 at Wickham Park in celebration of the 27th annual Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion.

• The wall returns to Florida Dec. 4-7 for its final exhibit of 2014, traveling to the Truner Agri-Civic Center in Arcadia for DeSoto County Veterans Appreciation Days.

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