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Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall unveiled in Siouxland


SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - With the Memorial Day holiday come and gone it's important to those that serve our country year round.

Thanks to a new memorial in South Sioux City, Nebraska, Siouxlanders will be able to visit those lost in the Vietnam War year round.

"Vietnam veterans are finally getting recognized for what they did. This wall may look simply like names etched in stone. But it resembles so much more," said Vietnam veteran Tim Neuroth.

The Vietnam War is now a period of history.  But, for many there was never any appreciation for the efforts of those now called heroes.

"The recognition wasn't there. We never had the support of the war. The people were against it and everything," said Neuroth.

But now, thanks to the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall at Freedom Park in South Sioux City, the sacrifices of the 58,256 veterans on the wall will never be forgotten.

Hundreds came out to Freedom Park Wednesday to witness the dedication of this new landmark.

"Spectacular. It's wonderful, the big turnout, and everything that took place," said Wayne Stanley, Vietnam veteran.

The reality of the ceremony, the music, the raising of the flag on the 150-foot tall flagpole that looks down over the memorial. It only gives us a glimpse of what most will never have to go through.

Almost 15-hundred of the names on this wall are veterans from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. But, for those who are from the area, having this memorial in Siouxland gives it extra meaning.

"This is beautiful to have it right here in our Siouxland neighborhood," said Neuroth.

The memorial is a half-scale replica of the same memorial in Washington D.C.

Just like the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Washington, which points toward the Washington Monument the wall in South Sioux City points directly toward the Floyd Monument, which is a replica of the Washington Monument.

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - A new landmark acknowledging those who served in the Vietnam War got its moment in the spotlight at Freedom Park.

It's called the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall and it's a half-scale replica of the same wall in Washington D.C.

The wall includes the names of over 58,000 Vietnam Veterans, and it was dedicated during a ceremony on Wednesday night.

The wall is the first replica in the United States to stay true to the architectural designs of the original wall.

There's also a 150 foot flag pole with a 30 foot by 60 foot American Flag.

The flag was raised at the beginning of the ceremony along with a releasing of doves.

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