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Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall makes stop at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery

In a heavy pre-dawn fog, Wayne Grim looked at names in the pre-dawn fog at the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in the Veterans Cemetery North, 205 Eibeck Lane in Williamstown, Ky., Thursday, July 11, 2013. The traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be in Grant County from July 10-15. Grim had just gotten off work at 5:30 a.m. and stopped by the wall on his way home. His son,Travis Grim, will be guarding the wall from midnight tonight till 7 a.m. The middle of the wall shows the names of soldiers killed in 1959, the year Grim was born. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
In a heavy pre-dawn fog, Wayne Grim looked at names in the pre-dawn fog at the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in the Veterans Cemetery North, 205 Eibeck Lane in Williamstown, Ky., Thursday, July 11, 2013. The traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be in Grant County from July 10-15. Grim had just gotten off work at 5:30 a.m. and stopped by the wall on his way home. His son,Travis Grim, will be guarding the wall from midnight tonight till 7 a.m. The middle of the wall shows the names of soldiers killed in 1959, the year Grim was born. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Daylight was barely filtering through the fog Thursday morning when Wayne Grim came to visit the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North near Williamstown.

Grim, who'd just gotten off work, strolled to the middle of the memorial wall and found 1959, the year he was born. He said later that he was struck by all the names of Americans who died serving in Vietnam during the year of his birth.

Everyone who visits the traveling wall has a different reaction, but all are deep. The mobile, three-fifths-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., is 6 feet tall at its center and about 250 feet long. It contains the names of more than 58,000 service members lost in the Vietnam conflict.

The traveling memorial was set up at the cemetery at Williamstown on Wednesday for a visit that will continue through noon Monday. An opening ceremony, rescheduled because of stormy weather, was held Thursday night. The cemetery, part of the national cemetery system, is located off Interstate 75's Exit 154 and is open 24 hours a day, so people can visit the memorial any time night or day.

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