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Dignity & Memory

Respect and honor for the memory of those who died or went missing in the Virenam War is in full blossom in West Des Moines.

A veteran touches a panel bearing names of those killed or missing in the Vietnam War during assembly of The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Experience in West Des Moines this week. The display, a traveling, three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open to school children on Thursday and to the public at  from Friday to Sunday. The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, eight feet high and contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. More than 30,000 people are expected to see the display while it is in West Des Moines.  (Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register) (Christopher Gannon/The Register)The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall --- a traveling, three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., arrives in a semi with a motorcycle escort in West Des Moines on Sept14, 2011.  The traveling memorial will be open to school children on Thursday and be open to the public at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines from Friday to Sunday. The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, eight feet high and contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. More than 30,000 people are expected to see the display while it is in West Des Moines.  (Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register) (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Veterans pause for a moment of remembrance before unloading and assembling the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall.  (Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register) (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Panels bearing the names of those killed or missing in the Vietnam War are carried during assembly of The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall Wednesday at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Jeff Kerr, right, of Ankeny helps lift with other volunteers.  The display, a traveling, three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open to school children on Thursday and to the public at  from Friday to Sunday. The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, eight feet high and contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. More than 30,000 people are expected to see the display while it is in West Des Moines.  (Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register) (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Vietnam-era veteran Jeff Kerr of Ankeny  holds a panel bearing the names of those killed or missing in the Vietnam War during assembly of The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Experience Wednesday at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.  The display, a traveling, three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open to school children on Thursday and to the public at  from Friday to Sunday. The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, eight feet high and contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. More than 30,000 people are expected to see the display while it is in West Des Moines.  (Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register) (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Vietnam-era veteran Kevin Baker of Des Moines looks at panels bearing the names of those killed or missing in the Vietnam War during assembly of The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Experience Wednesday at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.  The display, a traveling, three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open to school children on Thursday and to the public at  from Friday to Sunday. The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, eight feet high and contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. More than 30,000 people are expected to see the display while it is in West Des Moines.  (Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register) (Christopher Gannon/The Register)Vietnam-era veteran Jeff Kerr of Ankeny  looks at a panel bearing the names of those killed or missing in the Vietnam War during assembly of The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Experience Wednesday at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.  The display, a traveling, three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open to school children on Thursday and to the public at  from Friday to Sunday. The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, eight feet high and contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. More than 30,000 people are expected to see the display while it is in West Des Moines.  (Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register) (Christopher Gannon/The Register)

Over 30 veterans came together at Resthaven Cemetery this week to assemble the three-quarter scale traveling replica of Washington D.C.’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  A palpable sense of reverence descended upon the group while the names of more than 58,000 Americans killed or missing as a result of the war slowly rose on faux granite panels under the afternoon sun.  “It’s about respect for those who served and for those who didn’t make it back,” said Vietnam-era veteran Jeff Kerr of Ankeny, pictured directly above.

 

 

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