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Traveling Vietnam memorial arrives in Middletown

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Some of the names on The Wall That Heals. Some of the names on The Wall That Heals.
Attendees at the ceremony get a closer look at the wall. Attendees at the ceremony get a closer look at the wall.
Middletown Mayor J. Byron Chapman Middletown Mayor J. Byron Chapman

MIDDLETOWN, KY (WAVE) – One by one, Middletown community leaders called out the names of more than 1,000 Kentucky soldiers who served, and died, in the Vietnam War. The mentions came as part of an opening ceremony to commemorate the arrival of The Wall That Heals, a replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.

Spanning 250 feet in length, the replica memorial bears the names of 58,245 soldiers killed in the line of duty during the course of the Vietnam War.

Middletown Mayor J. Byron Chapman welcomed the public to tour the memorial at any time of the day and encouraged guests interact with the exhibit by bringing pictures of loved ones who have served in Vietnam.

"If you have a picture of someone whose name is on that wall, {volunteers} will scan that picture," said Chapman. "Eventually there will be more than names you'll be looking at. You'll be looking at faces, and people in action."

Hundreds of people, including students, military personnel, and neighbors turned out for Thursday's opening ceremony.

A closing ceremony will be held at Whetherby Park on Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. before the traveling exhibit is moved to its next destination.

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