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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Bikers rev up for Vietnam veterans in Michigan

Bikers rev up for Vietnam veterans
Citizen Voice
BY TOM RAGAN
STAFF WRITER
Published: September 3, 2013

For many, it is a grim reminder of the lost lives of brave soldiers who fought and died in Vietnam.

The names on the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall are the same as the memorial wall in Washington, D.C., but this memorial is half the size and moves around the nation to pre-determined sites across the nation.

The moving wall is currently in Sparta, Mich., and will soon move on to Pleasant Prairie, Wis., where it will be on display for a short period of time.

On Monday, a ceremony was held at the Laurel Mall in Hazle Township to honor Vietnam veterans and veterans of all wars.

About 200 people attended, including a large number of veterans on motorcycles from various clubs in the area.

Jim Waschko organized the event with the Laurel Mall to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the moving wall's appearance at the mall.

"Also to honor Agent Orange victims, for disabled American veterans, including Vietnam veterans, soldiers that have passed on and the Gold Star mothers and wives who are also victims," Waschko said.
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