Local patriots remembered in Palmerton

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PALMERTON, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Local veterans are honoring their fallen comrades at a special display in Carbon County.
It’s a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. That was set-up earlier this week in Palmerton.
     
Hundreds of people came to Palmerton Park to see a replica of the Vietnam veterans memorial.The moving wall travels around the country, from one town to another.  More than 58-thousand names of fallen soldiers from Vietnam are inscribed on the wall.

“We miss him a lot,” said Blanch Strausburger, a mother who lost her son in Vietnam.
 
“I think it’s a terrific thing to do this. It brings back everything. You live your life each day, and you don’t think about it– something triggers it– this is wonderful,” said Linda Steigerwalt, a sister who lost her brother in Vietnam.

Linda Steigerwalt, of Lehighton, lost her brother in Vietnam. He was there for three months, when his plane was shot down.

“That was his life long dream to be a marine,” said Steigerwalt.

“It just brings tears to your eyes when you see their names on that wall,” said Joe Uhnak, a Palmerton veteran.

About 20 local North East Pennsylvania patriots are remembered on the wall with pictures, wreaths and roses.

“It’s comforting that people still care,” said Steigerwalt.

“Everybody remembers, and that’s important to me,” said Strausburger.

Closing ceremonies will be held Sunday night at 6.  The memorial will be moved on Monday to it’s next stop in Tennessee.
 

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