Replica Memorials Honor Veterans in Clark County

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Art Soto came from Milwaukee to see the replica of the Wall of Remembrance.

"Coming here to see the replica, it's outstanding. It really is," Soto said.

He served in the Vietnam War in 1969 and 1970. Even alongside some of his friends.

"Many of them did not come home," Soto said. "I lost a lot of friends from high school that I played sports with."

In Neillsville, memorials paying tribute to the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and even the Iraq War have thousands of names of the veterans who died in service. Some even coming north of the border.

"Very few Americans and Canadians know the sacrifices the Canadians made who came down here to serve side by side with the American forces," Canadian Vietnam Veteran Robert Purvis said.

While many come here to appreciate the contributions veterans have made, veterans themselves view this as a time of healing.

"It makes you feel like somebody finally cares. And that's what it's about," Soto said. "Civilians have to know what the cost of war was. They just do not understand."

"It's very emotional for me because I served with them, and they're not here today to enjoy this like we are," Purvis said.

The replicas will be at The Highground Veteran's Memorial Park in Neillsville through Sunday.

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