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Vietnam Veterans Memorial visits National Infantry Museum.

Of the more than 58,000 Soldiers who died in the Vietnam War, more than 20,000 were Infantrymen. It is fitting that a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall should be at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Ga., for Memorial Day.

The original memorial, located in Constitution Gardens adjacent to the National Mall in Washington D.C., was inspired by a member of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. Jan Scruggs started the project, which was completed in 1982. It was designed by U.S. landscape architect Maya Lin and receives around three million visitors each year.

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Since a pilgrimage to the original isn't always possible, replicas have been crafted to tour the country. One, the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, is a three-quarter-scale replica. Eight-feet high and 240-feet long, its black, faux granite reflective surface is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and women who died or are missing in Vietnam.

The traveling monument was created by Dignity Memorial as a service to those who might never have the chance to travel to the nation's capital. Since the monument began its travels in 1990, it has been displayed in more than 200 cities across the country, allowing millions of visitors to experience the healing power of the memorial.

"We are so proud to be able to present this sacred display," National Infantry Foundation MG (Ret) Jerry White said. "I know seeing it, touching it, will be a moving experience for me, and thousands of other Vietnam veterans and their families, too."

Following its arrival at the National Infantry Museum on 28 May, the wall will remain through 13 June. The replica will be located just east of the museum, along Heritage Walk.
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Publication:Infantry Magazine
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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