Vietnam Memorial Replica Proposed

7-12-vietnam-wallMEDFORD, Ore. – A group of local veterans and lawmakers is trying to make Medford the first city on the West Coast to build a replica Vietnam Memorial.

Representative Sal Esquivel, Medford City Councilor Eli Matthews, and Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit President Russ McBride have started fundraising for the wall.

On Saturday, the group gathered at Sportsman’s Warehouse to promote the $250,000 project, which would put a 250-foot long wall in Veterans Memorial Park.

That wall would include all the names carved on the Washington, D.C. Memorial.

“This wall has a healing effect,” said Representative Sal Esquivel, who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. “It has a healing effect not only for the veteran, but also for society as a whole that they understood that they didn’t treat those veterans very well.”

The group has collected about $1,300 so far in a week of fundraising. Their goal is to have the entire project funded and built by next Memorial Day. Those who wish to donate can visit the group’s fundraising page at www.sovb.org.

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