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Visit the Traveling Vietnam Wall in St. Louis this weekend

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOV.com) – Washington D.C. may be the home of the Vietnam Wall, but starting Thursday you can see the traveling Vietnam Wall in St. Louis.

"I think it's amazing, I always come out when its even remotely close to where I live. It brings back a lot of memories, I remember their faces just like it was yesterday," said Michael Jahns, a Vietnam veteran. "I lost quite a few friends over in Vietnam and to me it's just a chance to be with them for a while. I touch their names and it's kind of an emotional time, just to share a few minutes with them."

The wall encompasses the names of men who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States. A short viewing will be available Thursday afternoon from 2-3 p.m. and on Friday an opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.

"People have a tendency to forget and this kind of gets a reminder out that there's 58,000 names on this wall. These are the true heroes here, other people have won ribbons, I mean, I've won a few, but these are the true heroes here," Jahns said.

Visitations will be held through Sunday on the west side of Solders Memorial Eternal Flame Park. 

Jahns said he can pick out more than two dozen names on the wall of men he served with who died in action.

The wall was brought to St. Louis by the Marines.

To learn more visit the city of St. Louis' site

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