Vietnam Memorial on display in Green Cove Springs

Memorial open to the public through Monday

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. - A large piece of United States history made its way to Clay County.

A traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall that's in Washington, D.C. was set up at Green Cove Springs Junior High. It bears the names of the more than 50,000 soldiers, airmen and marines who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"They've now created a mobile replica of that wall to get around as that population is aging to communities, where people don't have to travel to Washington, D.C., that were involved in that conflict," said Clay County Superintendent Charles Van Zant.

Along with the 250 foot wall, letters and memorabilia that were left at the wall in D.C. were displayed with the memorial.

A civics teacher at Green Cove Springs Junior High arranged for the wall to come to Clay County and thousands of people were expected to go out and see it.

"This is probably the largest piece of military memorabilia of this significance that we've ever had in Clay County. And I'm just so thankful it's coming to one of our schools, for the kids where civics has become such a big emphasis at Junior High," said Van Zant.

The High School partnered with local Navy officers to orchestrate a ceremony where a Vietnam veteran receives a Purple Heart by a top navy officer.

The memorial is open to the public and will be at the Green Cove Springs Junior High School's football field all day Friday through Monday. A ceremony was scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for the public to attend.

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