Youngstown State hosts Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A replica of a special piece of history is on display on the Youngstown State campus starting Friday.

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is set up off of Wood Street in Youngstown. The 360-foot-long wall is a smaller version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. It contains the names of the more than 58,000 U.S. troops who died in or as a result of the Vietnam War.

“It brings home the respect that is well overdue for the Vietnam veteran. As you very well know, when we come home, we were spit on. We were called all kinds of names,” said Vietnam veteran Leo Connelly Junior. “This brings home and to fruition that we can never forget our brothers and sisters that have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The wall is a three-fifths size replica of the real memorial.

A candlelight vigil will take place Saturday, May 17 at 8 p.m. A closing ceremony is scheduled for noon on Sunday.

Free parking is available at the the M-22 lot on Wood Street on the YSU campus.

In connection with the traveling wall display, Youngstown State University remembered employees and students Friday who died while on active military duty by reading their names aloud.

The Austintown Fitch High School Choir performed. State Senator Joe Schiavoni was the keynote speaker.

An Armed Forces Appreciation Luncheon followed the ceremony.

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