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Viet Nam memorial replica to visit western Kentucky in June

Viet Nam memorial replica to visit western Kentucky in June
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By West Kentucky Star staff
Apr. 02, 2024 | RUSSELLVILLE
By West Kentucky Star staff Apr. 02, 2024 | 05:55 PM | RUSSELLVILLE
The official Vietnam Veterans Memorial traveling exhibit will make a stop in western Kentucky this spring as part of this year's national tour.

The traveling exhibit, known as "The Wall That Heals," will be located in Russellville from June 6 through 9. It's one of just 33 tour stops nationwide.

Russellville is the only stop in the Commonwealth this year. Over 100 communities applied for the opportunity to host the memorial.

The exhibit is an exact three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. 

It'll be displayed at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, located beside the City-County Park. 

An opening ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 6 at 9 a.m., with an hour-long presentation and special guest speaker. There will also be a PTSD awareness candlelight vigil on Saturday, June 8 at sundown. The exhibit will remain up until Sunday at sunset.

Since its unveiling in 1996, “The Wall That Heals” has allowed thousands of Veterans to experience the Wall within their communities.

More than 58,000 Americans gave their lives during the conflict. Among that number, 1,109 were Kentuckians.
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