Vietnam Veterans Memorial exhibit to be displayed in Somerset

kward1@herald-leader.comApril 26, 2011 

An initiative to gather photos of all 1,058 Kentucky Vietnam veterans whose names are listed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is about to get underway, in conjunction with a visit to Kentucky by an exhibit that includes a half-scale replica of the Wall.

The photos will be used as part of the Education Center at the Wall, which is being built near the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln memorials in Washington, D.C. The goal of the facility, which is being built by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, is to tell the stories of the veterans by including a photo and remembrances for each one.

From May 9-14, The Wall That Heals, a traveling exhibit that includes a museum and half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be in Somerset. The free exhibit is operated by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Wreath-layings and other activities will be held at noon daily beginning May 10.

Visitors can bring their photos of loved ones whose names are listed and have them scanned at the exhibit.

A free breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m. May 9 at The Center for Rural Development, 2292 South Hwy. 27, Somerset, to kick off the arrival of the exhibit and the photo collection effort and to honor veterans of all wars and those currently serving in the military. The breakfast and all activities at The Wall that Heals are open to the public.

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