ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- After years of planning, a Vietnam memorial wall is now standing tall in Elizabethtown.

Crew installed the last panel Wednesday afternoon at the Elizabethtown Nature Park. Workers are still putting down sod and will soon clean the memorial before its official debut.

The wall lists 58,318 names, is 360 feet long and reaches 8 feet tall.

Robert Griffin, a Vietnam veteran, served as a combat photographer and worked to bring the memorial to the area.

“Every time I look at that wall, I get near tears," Griffin said. "I’ve just lost a lot of good friends."

The wall is 80 percent the size of the one in Washington, D.C., making it the biggest permanent Vietnam War memorial wall outside of the capital.

Many businesses donated supplies or charged discounted rates.

Carey Christie has worked for years to raise money and support. She said the cost is around $600,000, but without the volunteers and generosity, it could have cost a couple hundred thousand more.

“I haven’t had a ‘no’ from anybody,” Christie said.

The city of Elizabethtown provided the land for the site. Many workers volunteered or charged a reduced rate.  

The official dedication is 1 p.m. on April 28.

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