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Traveling Vietnam memorial wall stops in Hamburg

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( - It was a somber evening Sunday in Hamburg in Livingston County. A large crowd turned out to see the Vietnam traveling memorial wall.

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They came from all over Michigan and crossed state lines to see the wall on display at Bennet Memorial Park on Merill Rd. A ceremony honored the supreme sacrifice made by our nation's military members.
"It's very emotional," said Ralph Gapuz, a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. "It's something that is long overdue. I have a difficult time."

The traveling memorial wall is large, but it's a smaller replica of the wall in Washington, DC. The traveling wall stands six feet high and stretches 300 feet from end to end.

"They keep making the same mistakes in this country over and over again," said U.S Navy Vietnam veteran Ed Chaudoyn. "They keep going to war for no apparent reason like Vietnam. They didn't get anything out of it except for a bunch of guys that died. People in this country should learn from that."

There are more than 58,000 names of military members who died in Vietnam. The 58,000 are the same names on the memorial wall in Washington, DC. 303,000 U.S. military members were also wounded in Vietnam.

Click HERE to learn more about the Vietnam traveling memorial wall exhibit
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