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Updated: 11/12/2017 02:16:01PM

Saluting Vietnam veterans

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY MARISA BAUER

A visitor kneels to inspect the names carved on The Traveling Wall. In all, 58,479 names appear on the Wall, represeting all who were killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War.

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

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.

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Lucky Harper stands in front of The Traveling Wall in Fort Meade on Saturday morning.

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.

By KIM LEATHERMAN

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FT. MEADE — Lucky Harper considers himself just that — lucky — to have made it home from the Vietnam War.

Many of his fellow soldiers did not make it back. Harper retired from the United States Army as an E-6 staff sergeant after proudly serving from 1964-1982.

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