Vietnam Wall replica honors vets in Tennessee - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Vietnam Wall replica honors vets in Tennessee

(WMC-TV) - The American Veterans Traveling Tribute is in Tipton County. It will be on display and open to the public in Munford's Poplar Park through Sunday afternoon.

The tribute includes an almost exact replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. The wall, which was set up in Munford Thursday, is an 80 percent exact replica of the original.

The traveling exhibit is in honor of those who have fallen, those who have served, and those who now serve our military. It also honors first responders.

For many veterans in the Mid-South, seeing this wall is a once in a lifetime experience.

"This means a lot for the families of the MIA and POW's, people that's not with us and to keep their memory going," said Vietnam veteran Tommy Hurst.

Nearly 300 Freedom Riders escorted the traveling wall into Munford, starting their ride in Eastern Arkansas and ending in Tipton County.

"We're honoring everybody who's ever served, who's raised their hand and said, 'Send me,'" explained veteran Randy McKee.

"It's a good feeling to me that they're being remembered," said Hurst. "It's not a good feeling they're not with us. They sacrificed like everyone else has."

As veterans themselves put up the wall, they also remembered their friends who lost their lives.

This exhibit is part of a bigger display called the Cost of Freedom Tribute. It includes exhibits from the Revolutionary War all the way up to the War on Terror.

Veterans say the exhibit is free to the public because many have already paid the price.

To find out how you can donate to keep this wall traveling across the country, click here: http://celebrationofserviceandsacrifice.com/

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