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Traveling Vietnam Memorial to stop in Chamberlain

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will soon make its way to South Dakota.

Not the exact Washington D.C. based memorial, but a half-size replica, called "The Wall That Heals." The chevron-shaped wall will be on display Wednesday through Sunday at the Interstate 90 Information Center and Rest Area in Chamberlain at exit 264.

The 250-foot replica wall, which will be open to the public 24 hours a day starting Wednesday night, is hosted by South Dakota Public Broadcasting in conjunction with the upcoming documentary "The Vietnam War' by Ken Burns.

The traveling memorial will leave Mitchell at 9 a.m. Wednesday with a volunteer motorcycle escort from Cabela's Outfitters. The trailer and escort will be driving on old U.S. Highway 16, stopping in Mount Vernon, Plankinton, White Lake, Kimball and Pukwana before making its five-day stop in Chamberlain.

On Thursday, an opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the memorial site, which will include a gubernatorial declaration, recognition of veterans and dignitaries as well as the reading of names of South Dakota's Vietnam War dead and missing.

The wall honors more than 3 million Americans who served in the Vietnam War and bears names of more than 58,000 men and women.

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