Community Builds Remembrance Wall to Honor Local Veterans

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With Memorial Day around the corner, people are preparing to honor those who serve in the armed forces.

In the Valley, a local Veterans of Foreign Wars group is building a remembrance wall with nearly 7,000 names that will soon showcase all our local veterans.

Jimmy Campbell is one local veteran whose name will be on the wall.

"When we came home from Vietnam, we were the targets for the protesters," said Campbell.

He said, coming home from war was far from a happy ending.

Mike Nicolas, the post commander for VFW, said this is the community's way to show its thanks, after all these years.

"They know that they helped defend their country, that they mean something to somebody here and that their name will always be here for life," said Nicolas.

Originally, Campbell worried his name would only appear etched on a tombstone. Now, he said, this living memorial will connect him with so many others who served.

"It would let me know inside that somebody is recognized and acknowledged that I did something for the country," said Campbell.

Nicolas said, this will showcase our local heroes from the past, present, and soldiers who will serve in the future.

The group hopes to have the wall built within the next year. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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