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Vietnam veterans salute a large American Flag for (Credit: Newsday/Joseph D. Sullivan)

Vietnam veterans salute a large American Flag for the purple heart ceremony at the apex of the memorial. The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2012)

Traveling Vietnam veterans memorial in Calverton

The Dignity Memorial Vietnam wall is a traveling three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

A portion of the wall at the apex
(Credit: Newsday/Joseph D. Sullivan)

A portion of the wall at the apex of The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The faux-granite replica, which is 240 feet long and 8 feet high, is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. (June 18, 2012)

The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a traveling,
(Credit: Newsday/Joseph D. Sullivan)

The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, 8 feet high and inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. (June 18, 2012)

Volunteers begin the assembly of the memorial walkway.
(Credit: Newsday/Joseph D. Sullivan)

Volunteers begin the assembly of the memorial walkway. The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The faux-granite replica The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, 8 feet high and inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. (June 18, 2012)

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Volunteers unload sections of the memorial wall. The
(Credit: Newsday/Joseph D. Sullivan)

Volunteers unload sections of the memorial wall. The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, 8 feet high and inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. (June 18, 2012)

Volunteers begin the memorial with the first two
(Credit: Newsday/Joseph D. Sullivan)

Volunteers begin the memorial with the first two sections at the apex. The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, 8 feet high and inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. (June 18, 2012)

Volunteers assemble the memorial from the apex out.
(Credit: Newsday/Joseph D. Sullivan)

Volunteers assemble the memorial from the apex out. The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, 8 feet high and inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. (June 18, 2012)

Vietnam veterans salute a large American Flag for
(Credit: Newsday/Joseph D. Sullivan)

Vietnam veterans salute a large American Flag for the purple heart ceremony at the apex of the memorial. The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. (June 18, 2012)

Charlie Spencer, right, chairman of the Dignity Memorial
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Charlie Spencer, right, chairman of the Dignity Memorial shakes hands with Michael G. Picerno, director of the Calverton National Cemetery as he transfers possession of the memorial to him. (June 18, 2012)

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A veteran displays pins and badges on his
(Credit: Newsday/Joseph D. Sullivan)

A veteran displays pins and badges on his vest. The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, 8 feet high and inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. (June 18, 2012)

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