Veterans and dignitaries spoke to a crowd of hundreds at a dedication ceremony Wednesday afternoon. The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is on Marco Island for a four-day stay at Veterans' Community Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m., organizers held a dedication ceremony at the site. Hundreds gathered in the bright sun to greet the wall, pay their respects, and listen to veterans and local dignitaries say what it meant to them. Before the speeches, 29 young musicians from the Marco Island Charter Middle School jazz band played patriotic music, and a Civil Air Patrol airplane buzzed the park twice in a flyover. On the ground, a Vietnam-era jeep and a Cobra helicopter, both complete with mounted .50 caliber machine guns, stood guard next to the wall, with its powder-coated aluminum panels laser-etched with the names of the fallen.
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