Vietnam War anniversary observed with event and memorial in Longview

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A group of Longview veterans are helping East Texans commemorate the Vietnam War with a first annual observance at Teague Park.

The park is also referred to as Veteran’s Plaza, and is home to a 240-foot-long memorial for the 17-year war.

The memorial is a 50 percent scale replica of the one found in Washington DC, and volunteers say it’s a way for East Texans to honor those who serve our country.

Engraved on the panels are the names of all 58,307 service members who lost their lives during the Vietnam war.

Two East Texas volunteers greatly involved in the project were Gail and Richard Jurkowski.

They both served in Vietnam, and Gail said there was a big need for the memorial in Longview.

Today the memorial serves as a meeting point for a National Vietnam War Veterans Day observance in Longview.

Local veterans as well as a group from Shreveport are gathering at the plaza to honor the sacrifices made throughout the battle, and thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The event starts at 11 a.m. and will have a showing of colors as well as the playing of taps.

Volunteers will be at the event helping loved ones locate names along the memorial.

Members from the city will be present, and all East Texans are welcome to attend the event.

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