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Hardin County veterans raising money for permanent Vietnam wall

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Every tour, each helicopter ride and every brother lost in combat remains fresh in the minds of Hardin County veterans.

Their experiences in Vietnam formed an unbreakable bond.

"We see each other all the time," said veteran Wayne Ray.

A mission of a different kind brings them together just about every day here at home. 

"It's important because there a lot of people, that for one reason or another, can't travel to D.C. or don't want to," Ray said.

The Veterans Tribute Group wants to build a permanent Vietnam Wall at Elizabethtown Nature Park. It will be a first of its kind in this part of the country.

"The biggest reason that I like and want to have the wall here is because it does help us Vietnam veterans," David Cowherd said.

If all goes to plan, the Elizabethtown wall will have all the names, and it will be about 80 percent the size of the original in Washington D.C. 

When it will be constructed remains up in the air. The price tag is hefty at $500,000.

"Right now, we're about half way there," Cowherd said.

Veterans and local businesses have got them to this point, and they hope others will help the rest of the way.

"We've still got a ways to go. We're hoping that things work out for us," Cowherd said.

"It's just a matter of time. It will happen," he added.

If you'd like to donate to help build the wall, click here.

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