It's been a long time since I last visited the Washington, D.C. area, but every time I have taken a trip to the nation's capital, I visit as many monuments and museums as time allows.

My last trip was the first time I had the opportunity to visit the National World War II monument. What a fantastic tribute to all that served and those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. There have been many new additions to the area that I need to see and I must get back there again one day soon.

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One monument, in particular, I have visited almost every time I have visited Washington D.C. in the past is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It holds a special meaning for me. I have an uncle whose name is etched on one of the panels. His name is James. L. Randall. My Uncle Jim was killed in action on March 10th, 1971 in South Vietnam. He was only 20 years old.

If you have never visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or are not able to travel to our nation's capitol, WENY-TV Elmira reports that a traveling replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Wall, named The Wall That Heals, has been set up just a 35-minute drive to the west of Binghamton at the Riverfront Park in Sayre, Pennsylvania. The park is just off Thomas Avenue, Sayre.

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According to the Wall That Heals website, the memorial is now on display. It's free and open to the public through Sunday, October 9th. The exhibit includes a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with a mobile Education Center.

The Wall That Heals website states the memorial honors the over three million Americans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and displays the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. WENY-TV notes that the wall lists more than 125 names from the seven-county regions of the Southern Tier of New York and Northeast Pennsylvania. 

[via WENY-TV, The Wall That Heals]

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