GOLIAD, Texas - We’ve followed the journey of a replica wall honoring Vietnam ar veterans that’s finally standing in Goliad.
An opening ceremony was held Friday to officially welcome guests to the Goliad fairgrounds.
Keynote speaker state senator, Lois Kolkhurst remembered all the names on the wall, saying “they are truly the definition of duty, honor, and country, I thank you.”
Those were the words heard over and over reflecting through each name printed on the panels of this replica wall, honoring the more than 50 thousand lives lost in the Vietnam war.
“A veteran can find closure, number one, because of men, Vietnam veterans cannot go to D.C, they just don’t have a way to go, the main thing, in my heart is to get closure.” says JoAnn Ybarro with the Goliad American Legion Post 193.
A life long Goliad resident, Pancho Salazar, spotted his younger brother’s name, Alfredo Salazar.
Surrounded by friends and family, he recalled the moment he knew his brother was gone saying, "and we saw the military car, and we knew that something was wrong with my brother…”
The Salazar family is one of the two families of Goliad who have a loved one on that wall and other veterans remember familiar names.
“We were placed in hell, where we did not create, and became brothers and friends, we were closer than anyone could imagine, but with you on my side, I had no fear.” says Rene, a veteran visiting the memorial wall.
The display will be open until Monday, Novemeber 11 at 9pm, visitors are welcomed at any time.
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