PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (SNN) – The nearly 58-thousand servicemen and women who died during the Vietnam War were honored with a permanent memorial in Southwestern Florida.
The replica of the famed Vietnam Wall was dedicated this weekend during a ceremony in Punta Gorda. The city is now home to one of seven replicas of the structure in the world.
Hundreds marched during a walk honoring the veterans during the dedication ceremony. The wall, located 100 Nesbit St., is exactly half the size of the one in Washington, D.C.
The replica took more than three years of community fundraising. In all, $600,000 was raised to complete the wall. According to NBC-2, “while $150,000 came from the state, the rest was donated by local businesses and veterans.”
The entire wall took roughly nine months to build.