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Friday, May 25, 2012 - 8:04am

Solemn Ceremony For Veterans Memorial

Military officials say a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall is now open to the public at Fort Gordon.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that the traveling wall opened Thursday after a solemn ceremony.

Col. Robert Barker, the garrison commander, invited people to visit the three-quarter-scale model of the national monument over Memorial Day weekend.

Barker said the display provides a time for remembrance, healing and reflection for veterans. He said that for those who didn't serve, the wall offers a chance to honor veterans.

The black granite-like wall stretches 244 feet long, stands 8 feet tall and includes the names of more than 58,000 service members killed in action or declared missing during the Vietnam War.

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