Vietnam War Memorial replica on display in Ruston

RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - People will have the chance to pay their respects at the Vietnam War Memorial without having to go all the way to Washington D.C. The city of Ruston is bringing a replica of the wall to northeast Louisiana.

The wall is an 80 percent replica of the national monument. It travels across the country so people can pay their respects. The entire wall is almost 400 feet long and features about 58,000 names of people who were killed or went missing in action in the Vietnam War.

"It means a lot. This community is rich in the military experience and there are a lot of veterans in this community,” says Lieutenant Colonel Stewart Adams. β€œIt's just to say thank you to all the veterans, not just for the Vietnam era, but for all the other wars that soldiers, airmen, and marines have fought in.”

The wall will be at Louisiana Tech University at the corner of Tech Drive and Railroad Ave. The wall is open for viewing starting Thursday at noon until Sunday at 6 a.m.