Replica of Vietnam Wall will stop in town

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The town of Collierville will have the honor of hosting the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall from Oct. 17-21 at Central Church, 2005 E. Winchester Blvd.

The traveling memorial “stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War.”

“It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their home town who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington.”

The wall is a three-fifth scale, chevron-shaped replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. and stands six feet tall at the center.

It covers nearly 300 feet from end-to-end. As of 2011, there are 58,272 names listed on the wall, just as it is in Washington, D.C.

The wall will be on display beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday until 8 a.m. next Monday.

Collierville’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5066 plans to host fundraisers while the wall is in town to further renovation efforts to the Post.

Members of the VFW will be on site to serve burgers, hot dogs and chili to raise money for the Post.Poppies are also available for $1 at Thomas Meat & Seafood Market and Dyer’s on the Historic Town Square.

Once the wall leaves Collierville it will be headed to Shreveport, La.

Photo by Maureen Welsh