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Local veterans erect the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

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MONROE, LA. (KNOE 8 News) - As the Thursday morning sun rose in the sky, a group of men rose to the occasion of putting together a national icon, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.

Around 20 veterans arrived near the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum to erect the wall piece by piece.

"It's going to be hard pulling these young men out here to display to everybody but at the same time I am more than proud and honored to do it," Veteran Mike Shaw said.

This is the second time in two years that the wall has come to Monroe and museum staff attribute it to the large turnout the wall had back in 2010, around 11,000 visitors.

"We hear these veterans' stories all the time and we sit there and think: 'What can we do for them?' And this is what we can do for them," Museum Director, Nell Calloway, said.

These men may have hung up their uniforms years ago but ton Thursday, in an empty field, they worked as one unit again.

From museum staff to veteran, the hope is that this wall will inspire the old and the young.

"Everyone to pray to God every night that all wars come to an end and we finally find peace on this Earth," Shaw said.

And as the pieces of the wall saw the light of day, the veterans worked as one to plant the names of their fallen brothers into the ground for all to see.

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