To honor veterans who physically can’t make it up to Washington, D.C., some American Legion groups have brought a scale model of the Vietnam War Memorial to north Georgia for Memorial Day Weekend.
American Legion groups spent $10,000 to exhibit the 380-foot long wall featuring the names of all those who died in the conflict.
Brian Shedd with the Sons of the American Legion says the memorial is almost life-size.
“It is an exact replica of the wall, except for the length of it. Every name is on it, including the names of the fallen that they found in 2010 that they added to it. We have every name of every one. And we have a station over here that actually looks the names up and can send you to whoever you are looking for on the wall.”
He says the younger generation doesn’t understand what the war was all about.
“We are educating those children as they come through and the younger generation,” said Shed. “But as you watch these 50 and 60 and 70- year-old veterans come through, and you watch a man that’s 65 years old walk through walk out the door crying cause he found one of his brothers on this wall, then you know why we did it.”
The travelling memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day at the Ellijay Lions Club fairgrounds until Monday, May 26 at 2 p.m.