Vietnam Memorial Wall Specific to Kentucky Unveiled

The traveling Vietnam Memorial will have on it the names of the 1,105 who's lives were lost in Vietnam.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Taps filled the rotunda just before the 1,105 of the Kentucky servicemen lost in Vietnam were revealed.

“By taking this wall around to every county, they’re going to have the opportunity to touch that wall. It’s a healing point. Believe me, it’s a healing point,” said Jack Matingly, President of Vietnam Veterans of America Kentucky State Council.

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The wall cost $29,000 and was raised mostly through the Kentucky Veterans Trust Fund. It stands 9 feet tall and 18 feet wide.

“I know that many of you served with names that are on that wall. You know their families and your here to make sure their stories continue to be told,” said Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Governor Matt Bevin and Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, both veterans, were in attendance.

The traveling Vietnam memorial will not have a permanent home. The Vietnam Veterans of America Kentucky State Council plans to bring the wall to every county in Kentucky.