Maine's Vietnam veterans honored in Gardiner
GARDINER (WGME) – Vietnam veterans and Gold Star families came together in Gardiner Friday night for a ceremony of those who we've lost, and those who are still with us.
The ceremony was to honor Mainers who served in Vietnam, regardless of if they came home or not.
The event included a display called "The Wall that Heals" which is a mobile replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Organizers say the event helped bring closure to people who aren’t able to make the trip to the nation’s capital, and helped specifically honor Mainers who fought by pointing out where their names are located on the wall.
Some veterans and Gold Star family members say the event is both amazing, but also very humbling.
"My wife has a cousin who's on the wall,” Sheldon Tozer said. “We made sure to look him up yesterday. It's kind of a somber thought to stand there and look at his name, and to just think what could have been. Such a young life, as most of these were."
Officials for the event say the youngest person whose name is on the wall was only 15 years old.