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Traveling Vietnam Memorial at Tropicana through Sunday

November 11, 2018

LAUGHLIN — Locals and visitors marking Veterans Day weekend have a chance to see a special tribute to those who served the country.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute has brought the Traveling Vietnam Memorial back to the Tropicana Laughlin.

The Traveling Wall is a scaled-down version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

The wall is 370 feet long and contains the names of the 58,000-plus troops killed in the Vietnam conflict.

“Fifty-eight thousand heroes,” said Howie Carlstrom of Corona, California. “It’s kind of sombering.”

Carlstrom and his wife, Diana, were in town for the Kid Rock concert Saturday night.

The couple heard about the wall and were motivated to go and see it — Howie Carlstrom’s father served in Vietnam, she said.

“A lot of people that were my dad’s friends are on that wall,” Howie Carlstrom said.

Volunteer docent Dennis Blessman said the goal of the nonprofit American Veterans Traveling Tribute is to bring remembrance of the Vietnam fallen into communities. He said there are several traveling replica walls.

“We want to bring the memorial to people who are not able to make the trip to Washington D.C.,” Blessman said. “They may be able to find a loved one or a buddy on the wall.”

There was scant traffic Thursday and Friday, because of high winds, but more people visited Saturday, Blessman said.

The wall will be in the north parking lot of the hotel through Sunday.

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