Photos from the Saugerties Vietnam Memorial opening ceremonies

The traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on view from today, July 19 through Sunday, July 22 at Cantine Field in Saugerties.

Sponsored by the Ulster County Veterans Services Agency and Saugerties veterans, the movable wall is about 5/8ths the scale of the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. Like the memorial wall in Washington, erected in 1984, the replica contains the names of the more than 58,000 American men and women killed during the Vietnam War, which officially ended in April 1975.

Earlier today, an opening ceremony was held. Photos by Phyllis McCabe.

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Bill Bitner of Kingston American Legion Post 150 plays taps

 

Roger Donlon, a Saugerties native and the first recipient of a Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, speaks

 

The color guard places the folded flag on the monument

 

A bell was struck 42 times, once for each of the Ulster County dead

 

 

Laura Marriott singing “God Bless America”

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. L

    Did they have the names of any of the 2 million Vietnamese civilians killed by the U.S. on the wall? And I thought all lives mattered.

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