A Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Replica Comes To West Dundee For The Weekend

Andy Dahn
July 05, 2019 - 6:40 pm

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WEST DUNDEE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is now on display in West Dundee.

The 375 footlong replica circles around the Randall Oaks Park and was bustling with vistitors Friday. The replica has 1,500 American flags and features over 58,000 names.

Julianna Blaylock, outreach manager for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, said it has been amazing to being the national monument to local communities like West Dundee.

She said that most children, veterans and local families might never be able to see the real monument in Washington, D.C.

"This is bringing that to them, helping educate them and helping them never foget this time period," Blaylock said.

The temporary exhibit will also feature educational displays and small history lessons for visitors.

Based in Arlington, Virginia, VVMF is the nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to build a national memorial dedicated to all who served with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War. The organization hosts tours for children, classes and brings The Wall to communities all over the country in an effort to remember those who fought in the war and its history.

The memorial wall will stay in the park throughout the weekend.