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Special Ceremony Held for Replica of Vietnam Wall

Published On: Aug 31 2012 07:07:34 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 31 2012 07:18:32 PM CDT
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

A special ceremony was held to honor the Vietnam Wall replica on display in Red Bluff.

It started at 10 a.m. Thursday morning at the Tehama County Fairgrounds.

The replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Wall is almost 250-feet long and contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who were killed in Vietnam.

It has traveled to almost 400 cities, but this is the first time it has ever been to Red Bluff.

Opening ceremonies began with the raising of the flags and the National Anthem. Guest speakers talked about the value and meaning of the wall, followed by the moment everyone was waiting for -- a military flyover out of the March Air Force Base in Riverside.

"Looking at the plane through the smoke, it reminded me, truly, of the ghost riders in the sky. I couldn't help but salute," Korean War Veteran Raymond Edwards told us.

The ceremony ended with the laying of a Vietnam Memorial Wreath by Vietnam Veterans.

It's on display at the Tehama County Fairgrounds in Red Bluff where it is free to view and will be open 24-hours a day until Monday night.