Oshkosh hosts traveling Vietnam wall, honors those killed in action

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OSHKOSH, Wis (WBAY) – A wall honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War is in Oshkosh this weekend.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall is at the Sunnyview Expo Center, 500 County Road Y (Sunnyview Road), through Sunday, Oct. 23.

The tribute is an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington, D.C. It’s eight feet at its highest point in the center and 360 feet long.

The memorial is free and open 24 hours until the display wraps up Sunday at 3 p.m.

Vietnam era veteran Roy Helms tells Action 2 News the idea of the traveling tribute is to accommodate those who cannot make it to our Nation’s Capital to see the Vietnam Veterans Wall.

“We encourage people to come out so they can see it. It’s in honor of those who are on it and their families,” said Helms. “We want to make sure that we can bring it to them, so we are open 24-hours a day. Sometimes people want to be out here when there’s not such a crowd, so we’re accommodating that.”

On Saturday, there will be a ceremony to read the names of those killed in action from Winnebago County. The reading of the names will take place at 1 p.m. A flower will be placed in a vase for each name read.

Vietnam Veterans of America will hold a ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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The American Veterans Traveling Tribute visit to Oshkosh was made possible by American Legion Cook Fuller Post 70.