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Participants kneel for a moment during the Placement of the Rifle, Steel Pot & Boots' an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff

Photo by DAVID ALBERS, Daily News

Participants kneel for a moment during the Placement of the Rifle, Steel Pot & Boots" an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff

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  • Attendees explore the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. A purple heart ceremony will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a candlelight service at 8:00 p.m.  On Sunday, a closing ceremony will wrap up the weekend at 7:00 p.m. David Albers/ Staff
  • Naples resident Robert McDonald plays 'Taps' at an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Members of the Vietnam Brotherhood, a Fort Myers Beach veterans group, kneel in prayer around the 'rifle, steel pot & boots' at the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Jim and Marilyn Heley, seasonal residents of Naples from Overland Park, Kan., make a rubbing of the name of their cousin, David L. Ugland, at an opening ceremony at the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • A Huey Helicopter flys over an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Cape Coral resident Jack Lytle salutes during the raising of the American, P.O.W., and  Vietnam Veterans Flags at an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Naples resident Jules Futo takes a moment to remember his son, John Futo, who was killed the day after his 21st birthday in the Vietnam War, during an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. A purple heart ceremony will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a candlelight service at 8:00 p.m.  On Sunday, a closing ceremony will wrap up the weekend at 7:00 p.m. David Albers/ Staff
  • Naples resident Jerry Van Hecke, of the Marine Corps League, listens to 'Amazing Grace' while standing at attention as part of a 21-gun salute during an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Naples resident Jules Futo takes a moment to remember his son, John Futo, who was killed the day after his 21st birthday in the Vietnam War, during an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. A purple heart ceremony will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a candlelight service at 8:00 p.m.  On Sunday, a closing ceremony will wrap up the weekend at 7:00 p.m. David Albers/ Staff
  • Naples resident Jules Futo takes a moment to remember his son, John Futo, who was killed the day after his 21st birthday in the Vietnam War, during an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. A purple heart ceremony will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a candlelight service at 8:00 p.m.  On Sunday, a closing ceremony will wrap up the weekend at 7:00 p.m. David Albers/ Staff
  • Cape Coral resident Jack Lytle salutes during the raising of the American, P.O.W., and  Vietnam Veterans Flags at an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Naples residents Ronald and Dianne Hawkes explore a photography exhibit about the Vietnam War entitled 'Through the Eyes' on display with the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Naples resident Jules Futo finds the name of his son, John Futo, who was killed the day after his 21st birthday in the Vietnam War, with friend Therese Voisin, during an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. A purple heart ceremony will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a candlelight service at 8:00 p.m.  On Sunday, a closing ceremony will wrap up the weekend at 7:00 p.m. David Albers/ Staff
  • Commander of VFW 7369 Bob Ullrich, right, blocks the gates the monument with fellow VFW, American Legion and American Veterans Post, at an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Naples resident Jules Futo greets honor guard commander Maj. Ruben Gonzalez during an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Jim and Marilyn Heley, seasonal residents of Naples from Overland Park, Kan., search for the name of a cousin, David L. Ugland, at an opening ceremony at the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Participants kneel for a moment during the Placement of the Rifle, Steel Pot & Boots' an opening ceremony for the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Naples resident Wayne Jenkins, Commander of the Golden Gate VFW 7721, completes a rubbing of a friend from his childhood in Naples, Dale Bremerman, at an opening ceremony at the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall on Friday, September 26, 2008 at Naples Memorial Garden. The three-quarter-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. is open to the public 24-hours a day over the weekend. David Albers/ Staff
  • Friday afternoon at the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, Rebecca Pintado of Naples places a long stem rose under a panel where someone has already left a memento. Pintado, whose deceased husband was a Vietnam vet, brought her expecting daughter and son-in-law to see the memorial because she felt it was important. 'We take it for granted a lot of times- all these people who lost their lives and this war we're in now,' she explained. 'So many men died in this war, so we brought flowers just to honor everyone here. We can't forget and we shouldn't forget.' Jennifer Whitney/ staff
  • Friday afternoon at the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, Charles and Diane Bertram make a pencil rubbing of the name James M. Young who was a friend that Charles worked with as an office equipment repair man in Cincinnati who was killed on his first day of service in Vietnam. Jennifer Whitney/ staff
  • Friday afternoon at the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall after the reading of the names of soldiers form Collier and Lee Counties who lost their lives in Vietnam, Beck Weaver of Naples releases fifty white doves in front of the wall to memorialize the lives lost. Jennifer Whitney/ staff
  • Friday afternoon at the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall after the reading of the names of soldiers form Collier and Lee Counties who lost their lives in Vietnam, Beck Weaver of Naples releases fifty white doves in front of the wall to memorialize the lives lost. Jennifer Whitney/ staff
  • Friday afternoon, Mary Ellen Priebe of Naples comforts her very emotional husband Arnold Priebe after they find the name of Priebe's friend and neighbor, Robert D. Taylor. Priebe's brother, Phil Priebe, was wounded in Vietnam and awarded a purple heart. Jennifer Whitney/ staff

A military ceremony marked the opening of Vietnam memorial Friday, September 26 in Naples.

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