Traveling Vietnam War memorial leaves the Adams County Fairgrounds
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 02:37:02 GMT —
Sunday was the last day to check out the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall at the Adams County Fairground.
Dave Ulrich is an avid supporter of our veterans and active duty soldiers.
He's the president of the Mid-American Military Salute, a group on a mission to make sure no solider or veteran is ever forgotten.
In order to honor deceased and living veterans, he decided to bring a series of memorial displays to Adams County.
"They gave their life for our country and that's the ultimate sacrifice that anybody could ever do," Ulrich said.
It honors soldiers who died in the Korean War, World War I and World War II, as well as Desert Storm-but more than that.
"The display has several different things. It honors the police, the fire department. It has a list of names of everybody that died on 911, plus the 53,235 names of everybody that died during Vietnam," Ulrich said.
It also lists the number of soldiers wounded, missing and killed in each war.
"I walked down the Global War on Terror side and I actually found names of people that I know," Likes said.
However, the largest tribute on display is a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
For Mathew Likes-who served in the United States Army and feels a deep connection to every name listed on the wall, it is a sobering sight to see.
He served in the United States Army and feels a deep connection to every name listed on the wall.
"As much as it honors my generations of troops, it also shows Vietnam-era troops that the public does care," Likes said.
He believes it finally gives Vietnam veterans the recognition they deserve.
"Like the guys in Vietnam, they were told to comeback ... burn their BDUs and just blend back in. They got spit on in the airports, Likes said. They got called baby killers."
Ulrich hopes this memorial helps people understand just how much our soldiers give to protect our way of life.
"We can't say thank you enough," Ulrich said.
According to one of the displays, more than three million American soldiers served in the Vietnam War.