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Vietnam War Memorial Wall plans moves forward

U.S. Cellular Community Park would be the site of a Vietnam War Memorial wall if approved by the Medford City Council. (KTVL/Will Maetzold)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The president the group working to build a Vietnam War Memorial wall, very excited to have a location now agreed on.

Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit has been working to build the memorial for years. A spot in U.S. Cellular Community Park would be there's if Medford City Council approves the plan next month.

"What we're looking for is to go ahead and make this wall where it's such a memorabilia and a healing wall," president of SOVB Ron Kohl said. "And why? Because there's many of them that can't go to Washington D.C. to pay homage to their brothers and sisters."

The group has considered many locations over the years, but it hasn't found many that have fit. Kohl said Medford Parks and Recreation will offer the land to the group for a lease of $1 a year.

Architect John DuffiƩ has been putting together plans for the memorial.

"His vision has been right in line with ours and it's been working so great," Kohl said. "Even when we looked at this wall being here, he came up with some great, great ideas."

The memorial is expected have several special features including a replica helicopter and information stand. The bike path would be shifted back to run behind the wall.

But the project really comes back to the veterans.

"You might see a hat," Kohl said. "What did that hat do? How long were they in? What kind of conflicts did they go through? We never know. If you can, do two words, shake the hand of that vet and say 'thank you.'"

If you want to donate to build the Vietnam War Memorial and get more information, just head to www.sovbmemorialwall.com.

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