Volunteers guard traveling Vietnam War memorial

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by LAURA PAPETTI, RANDY SHAW & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Dozens of volunteers helped guard the traveling Vietnam Wall on Thursday at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in West Spokane.

Vietnam veteran J.D. Sherrow is in charge of making sure the replica of the monument is guarded 24 hours a day. He coordinated dozens of volunteers to stand watch.

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“Hopefully for the vets and for the families of vets, children, they can come up and see family members on the wall,” said Sherrow.

All of the volunteers have a passion to support veterans.

“The ones that don’t have a chance to go back there have a chance to see this one and see that name and touch the wall,” said Sherrow.

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The wall arrived to Spokane in pieces. It is built on site to help people pay their respects to those killed in the Vietnam War.

It is slightly smaller than the monument in Washington D.C at 360 feet long. There are 58,000 names on the wall and 84 of those names are those of Spokane residents. 

Visiting the memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours each day.  Free shuttle buses were scheduled to take people to and from the wall starting at noon Thursday.  The buses continue at 9 a.m. each day.
 

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