VIETNAM WAR TRAVELING WALL IN MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS BECOMES POIGNANT PLACE OF REFLECTION

By Beth Mlady (read the complete story here)

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Middleburg Commons was transformed this week into a place of honor, respect and reflection for people who gathered to view the Vietnam War Memorial traveling wall exhibit. During opening ceremonies Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Gary Starr said those who gave their lives in Vietnam “served not in hopes of (leaving behind) a legacy … but simply because it was the right thing to do.”

Keynote speaker John Ligato said, “We fought for our brothers, those men to our right and left on the battlefield. We had a bond stronger than words could ever describe … Let’s make a pledge today … that we will never forget (those who died in Vietnam) because you are never dead to us until we have forgotten you.”

The large crowd consisted of countless veterans as well as people who did not serve in any war but wanted to show support and appreciation. Some visitors did tracings of names on the wall, and others were simply too emotional to comment for this story.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam War memorial wall will remain open to the public 24 hours a day at Craigmere Drive and Bagley Road until closing ceremonies take place at 1 p.m. July 24.