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Updated: 11/15/2017 08:30:02AM

Vietnam Wall replica displayed for Veteran’s Day

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Marsha Franebell takes a photo of the name of a man she knew from high school who was killed in Vietnam. With her is Mark Leidner, who had a childhood friend's name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall he had found earlier. Both part-time Frostproof residents attended the opening ceremony of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in Fort Meade on Thursday.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

Members of the Fort Meade High School football team helped to erect the memorial in Patterson Park in Fort Meade Wednesday morning.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

"SSG Lucky" of All Veterans of Brevard has been traveling with the wall for the past 14 years.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

AmVets Riders Chapter 21 President Robert "Gadget" Leopold of Sebring lines up to escort the Vietnam Traveling War Memorial from Lake Wales to Fort Meade Wednesday, Nov. 8.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Ken J. Cobb, who was a combat medic in the War in Iraq, salutes as the American flag is handed to him for the display at the opening of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in Fort Meade on Thursday. Behind him at the podium is The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11179 Senior Vice Commander Herman Fisher.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Lake Wales High School senior Megan Patel, the pipe major for the band, plays Amazing Grace as she walks by the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall on Thursday. She is walking past a hand-made memorial for James "Jim" Spivey, a 1966 graduate of Fort Meade High School, who died in Vietnam.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

The names of Polk County residents who died in the Vietnam War were read at the opening ceremony of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in Fort Meade on Nov. 9. The two reading the names are John McKinnon and Lisa Weems, retired Army veteran and president of VFW Auxiliary Post. Standing beside the table is VFW State Cmdr. Kenneth Cobb.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

The Lake Wales High School band plays Amazing Grace as they walked into the scene at the opening ceremony of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall on Thursday, Nov. 9 in Fort Meade.

By CHARLES A. BAKER III

and JEFF ROSLOW

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FORT MEADE – At 288 feet long, it is three-fifths the size of the actual Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., but to people seeing it in person in Fort Meade, there was nothing miniature about it. And it meant just as much.

Marsha Kranebell took photos from her cell phone of close friend and high school classmate James L. Nelson.

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