American Legion Post 81 donated $2,500 to the Veterans Tribute Group in Elizabethtown to help place a replica of the Vietnam Wall at the new Veterans Tribute Park in that area.
“It’s an honor to have something from Washington D.C. 30 miles away,” said Shane Thomason, American Legion Post 81 Commander. “If this helps a Vietnam veteran that can’t go to Washington D.C. or needs closure, then it’s worth it.”
The idea of purchasing a Replica Vietnam Wall similar to the Traveling Vietnam Wall in Elizabethtown came from Cindy Stonebraker.
Cindy Stonebraker’s father, Lt. Col. Kenneth Stonebraker, USAF, went missing on a solo reconnaissance mission in 1968 along with his plane and is still listed as Missing In Action in Vietnam. His name is on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
“Being a Kentucky resident, it would mean a lot to myself, families of the fallen, and our surviving Vietnam Veterans to have a sacred place to go to continue the healing process and pay honor to those who gave their lives for our freedom,” said Cindy Stonebraker in a flyer asking those who can to donate.
The plan is to have a Wall that is 360 feet long—with each wing being 180 feet long and is 8 feet tall—etched with the names of those lost in Vietnam, including several from both Hardin and Grayson counties.
American Legion Post 81 is proud to support the purchase of a permanent, Replica Vietnam Wall so close to this area.
“We do this in support of a war that people want to forget,” said Thomason. “If it helps one person, it’s worth it.”