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The Wall in New York Mills this weekend

Months of planning and preparation to bring the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall to New York Mills come to an end this week as the New York Mills VFW Post 3289 welcomes a tribute to Vietnam veterans.

The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall opened to the public at the VFW post in New York Mills beginning Thursday, Sept. 10. The Wall is free and open to the public 24 hours a day, Sept. 10-13.

The Wall arrived in New York Mills on Sept. 9 with local volunteers working to assemble the 80 percent replica of the famous granite memorial that sets in Washington, D.C.

Ardner Anderson, the Traveling Wall organizing committee chairman, said a lot of hard work has gone into bringing the Traveling Wall to Mills. The Wall was originally scheduled to be here in June, but a maintenance issued pushed back the project a couple months.

"I'm looking forward to the weekend, but I'll be glad when it's over," said Anderson, a Vietnam veteran who admits he will have a tough time emotionally looking at The Wall.

The Traveling Wall is a tribute to veterans and honors those who didn't come back from Vietnam. Anderson said there will be a counselor from the Fargo VA on site all weekend to help veterans cope with their emotions.