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Traveling Vietnam Wall stops in Clarksville

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The Vietnam Wall traveling exhibit. The Vietnam Wall traveling exhibit.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy gravesite traveling exhibit. John Fitzgerald Kennedy gravesite traveling exhibit.
Tomb of the Unknowns traveling exhibit. Tomb of the Unknowns traveling exhibit.
Stephen Harris Stephen Harris
Julie Read and Christine Barraza Julie Read and Christine Barraza

 

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - An Indiana Salute to Veterans tribute is taking place this weekend in southern Indiana. Traveling versions of the Vietnam Wall, JFK Gravesite with Eternal Flame and Tomb of the Unknowns are visiting the Clarksville Town Hall on Veterans Parkway.

 

More than 2.7 million Americans served in the Vietnam War and more than 58,000 died while serving. Vietnam veteran Stephen Harris lost 22 friends total and a cousin.

 

"The night we got overran, I lost three of my very best buddies," said Harris.

 

Others attending the event have similar stories of loss, like Christine Barraza who lost a close friend.

 

"A lot of sadness, sadness," said Barraza. "I lost a high school friend. He was just a couple of weeks shy of coming home, but he stepped on a landmine."

 

Barraza brought her granddaughter to the wall to show her the importance of paying respect.

 

"My grandpa served and my daddy and my uncles served and they protected us and I'm just so grateful," said Julie. "They didn't deserve to die, but they protected us. They went through a lot to protect us."

 

The festivities kicked off Thursday with a Torch Run/Walk to light the JFK Eternal Flame.

 

All weekend spectators can view the blessing of the wall, a mock Arlington memorial funeral with a horse drawn carriage, a 21-gun salute, and a wreath-laying for gold star mothers, World War II and Korean War soldiers.

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