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REPLICA OF VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL COMING TO AREA

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A 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall that annually travels to communities across the country will be coming to Putnam County for the first time from April 19-22, 2018. Putnam County is one of nearly 40 cities and the only one in Tennessee selected from more than 100 applicants to host The Wall That Heals, a traveling exhibit that honors more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who lost their lives there. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is one of the most popular memorials in Washington, D.C., seeing millions of visitors each year. A mobile version of The Wall was created to give veterans who can’t make the trip to the nation’s capital the chance to see the memorial. Additional details about The Wall That Heals will be announced next year. The 2018 tour is scheduled to begin in Portland, Texas, March 1, and Putnam County will be the eighth stop on the tour, April 19-22. The tour will continue in other communities across the country through November in Franklinton, Louisiana. The Wall That Heals is hauled through a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association and the trucking industry and is sponsored by USAA.