EDITORIAL Traveling Vietnam War memorial wall an important reminder of our history

A solemn reminder of the cost and horror of war will arrive in Greene County this week.

A solemn reminder of the cost and horror of war will arrive in Greene County this week.

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be erected Wednesday at the Greene County Fairground and can be viewed by the public continuously from Thursday morning until Sunday night.

There are 58,307 names on the wall, which is a replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C. The names of seven men from Greene County and 64 from Washington County are included in the wall, according to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Wall of Faces database.

Behind each name, there is a face and a story of the person who died. Of the 71 men listed as being from our area, most were in their late teens or early 20s when they died.

How many families were never started, children never born and memories lost because of the Vietnam War?

The traveling wall, which last visited our area a decade ago when it came to California, offers a chance for people who can’t travel to our nation’s capital to see for themselves the tragic cost of war and what we’ve lost.

It’s important to remember our history and the people who died fighting for our country. This wall is a reminder of both.

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