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More than 1,000 motorcyclists paved the way to escort the 18-wheeler carrying the replica of the Vietnam Wall. More than 1,000 motorcyclists paved the way to escort the 18-wheeler carrying the replica of the Vietnam Wall.
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More than 1,000 motorcyclists paved the way to escort the 18-wheeler carrying the replica of the Vietnam Wall. It arrived at the National Infantry Museum on March 2nd. Organizers of the event said the wall will be a perfect addition to the museum.

"The wall is actually a three-quarter scale replica of the actual Vietnam Wall in Washington," said Ben Williams, the president of the National Infantry Foundation. "It is 240 feet long and 8 feet high. We thought this would make a wonderful addition to the museum here."

About 1,200 riders and 900 motorcycles escorted the 18-wheeler truck that carried the "Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall." James Fowler, a Vietnam Veteran, attended the event to honor his friends who lost their lives in the war.

"I got 12 friends on the wall. They were serving there the same time I was there," Fowler said. "I'm so glad the wall came back to Columbus. And I'm glad to see numerous people escort the wall."

The replica of the Vietnam Wall came to Columbus for two weeks back in 2010 for the Welcome Home ceremony for Vietnam Veterans.

The wall was displayed in more than 200 cities. Now, The National Infantry Foundation will be keeping the wall for the next five years due to its agreement with Dignity Memorial located in Houston, Texas.

The price of freedom is never cheap. David Cummings, Fowler's friend and a Vietnam veteran, also rode his motorcycle to escort the wall with Fowler.

"Escorting the wall to the museum was a distinct honor for me," Cummings said. "It's a way to my friends who are on that wall."

The riders met at Williams Road around noon, and led the 17 mile ride to the museum. Columbus Association of Motorcyclists helped the National Infantry Foundation organize the event by gathering as many motorcyclists as they can.

The replica of the Vietnam Wall has more than 85,000 names of the soldiers who were killed in the war. Cummings said the huge turnout of this event says great things about our community.

"When you look at panel after panel, rows of names after names, it should tell people about the sacrifices our soldiers made to protect our freedoms and liberty," Cummings said. "That's the kind of sacrifice it takes to protect our people."

Cummings said the huge turnout of this event says great things about our community.

"When you look at panel after panel, rows of names after names, it should tell people about the sacrifices our soldiers made to protect our freedoms and liberty," Cummings said. "That's the kind of sacrifice it takes to protect our people."

A dedication ceremony will take place on March 21 following the graduation of new infantry men.

Visit the National Infantry Museum's website at http://www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org/ for more information on the wall.

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