Vietnam Memorial making stop in Texoma

BOWIE,TX(RNN Texoma) - Starting on Thursday, people from can get a look at the Vietnam wall in Texoma.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam is making a stop in Bowie at the VFW.

The last time the memorial was close to North Texas was last September when it made a stop in Amarillo.

The Vietnam memorial will be 80 percent of the size as the one in Washington D.C. The 400-foot wall has 58,000 names on it.

There are going to be people with laptops set up so people can search the name of a loved one on the wall and trace over it with a piece of pencil and paper.

Local schools will come out to see the wall. Those with the VFW said the reason why they wanted to bring this memorial is to keep history alive.

"It is important especially for the veterans that we lost in combat," said Gary Stephens, past post commander at the Bowie VFW.  "This is the way they can come pay their respects.  A lot of them can't afford to get to D.C. to see the original wall so we wanted to have it here."

On Saturday, the wall is going to be out for the public along with vendors and live music as well. Organizers are encouraging everyone to come out and take a look at the memorial.

The memorial will be set up at the VFW on East Nelson Street from Thursday at noon until Sunday at three.

It is free to see the memorial. Donations at the event on Saturday will go toward the VFW in Bowie.

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