LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new monument is paying tribute to seven Louisville men killed in Vietnam.

Crowds gathered on Memorial Day at Waggener High School to dedicate the new memorial to all veterans.

It pays tribute to seven men who went to the school and were killed in the Vietnam War.

Friends and family were on hand to reflect on the lives that were lost.

Chris Johnson, a veteran who organized the project, was inspired by a similar monument he saw visiting a school in California. “Dana Point High School had done something like this, and I thought well we can do it in Kentucky and we can probably do it better,” Johnson said.

The project was paid for by donations, but most of the money came from foundations that want to remain anonymous.

Dottie Buchenberger-Larock was engaged Thomas Scott Hamilton when he went to Vietnam. "This is just a great honor and wonderful that they've done something to remember not only him but all those young men that went over there," Buchenberger-Larock said.

Veteran Billy Pfeister carries a picture of his twin brother Bobby Pfeister, and a newspaper article of his death wherever he goes.

Billy served in the same unit with Bobby, and is grateful the monument was built. "My brother and the other guys that got killed from Waggener High School. They won't be forgotten. They'll always be here forever. It keeps the memory alive," Billy Pfeister said.

John Wells, an organizer of the project and a Vietnam War veteran, remembered what it was like when he returned from the war. “There was no celebration. No flags up or half-mast or anything,” Wells said.

The public can view the memorial at the Waggener High School football field.

The names on the monument are listed below.

William M. Duncan

Kirk Allen Woolley

John Harlan Sweet

Thomas Scott Hamilton

Robert Stagner Pfeister

William Allen Hokenson

William Gayle Cox

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