Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica in Phoenix Expected to Draw Thousands

Posted By Mike Padgett

Sept. 18. 2009

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial is on display this weekend at Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary in north Phoenix.

Since it was created in 1990, the traveling Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall – inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 U.S. soldiers who died in Vietnam – has been displayed in more than 200 U.S. cities.

The memorial arrived Tuesday in its custom-painted semi truck, which was escorted to the cemetery by motorcycle riders organized by Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson.

On Wednesday, volunteers from DI Specialty Contracting and Pulte Homes assembled the exhibit at the cemetery at 200 W. Beardsley Road. The black, mirror-like exhibit is 240 feet long and eight feet high.

The exhibit was reserved Thursday for viewing by Valley school children. It was opened to the public Friday, 24 hours a day.

At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a special POW/MIA ceremony by members of VFW Post 9400 Men’s Auxiliary is scheduled. The number of U.S. soldiers missing in action in Vietnam is 2,338. The number of prisoners of war is 766, including the 114 who died in captivity, according to www.vietnam-war.info/facts.

On Sunday, closing ceremonies begin at 2:45 p.m. The park will be closed at sunset.

A complete schedule of the exhibit’s Phoenix visit is on the memorial’s Web site, dmvw2009.webs.com.

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Sep 18th, 2009

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