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University prepares memorial for new wall of honor

October 14, 2010 12:00AM

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Workers remove the panels that make up the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in the PSU Veterans Memorial.

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It was clear that if we were going to honor the sacrifice of these brave soldiers appropriately, it would have to be done in the same black granite as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. "
~ Dr. Brad Hodson, vice president for University Advancement
rs have removed the panels that make up the Vietnam Wall, which stretches across the back of the PSU Veterans Memorial. The faded steel panels were taken down to make way for replacement black granite panels that will stand up to the bright Kansas sun and harsh weather.

"The Vietnam Wall is a very important part of the memorial, but the steel panels it was made of just couldn't survive the forces of nature," said Brad Hodson, vice president for university advancement.

The original wall, a half-sized version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., was created as one of three traveling exhibits that criss-crossed the U.S. John Devitt, the creator of the moving wall, donated it to the university when the Veterans Memorial was built in 2004.

"Initially, the steel panels looked great," Hodson said. "After a couple of years, however, in weather that ranged from scorching hot sunshine to freezing rain, the panels began to fade. It was clear that if we were going to honor the sacrifice of these brave soldiers appropriately, it would have to be done in the same black granite as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington."

Over the past year, the university has raised the private dollars needed to recreate the wall in stone. The new wall, which includes more than 58,000 names of soldiers who died in Vietnam, will be dedicated at a special Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11.

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