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Traveling tribute to veterans stops in Wells River

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WELLS RIVER, Vt. -

A huge turnout Wednesday afternoon in Wells River to honor veterans.

Hundreds of motorcycles, fire trucks and police cars from all over the region gathered at the truck stop just off Exit 17 for a rolling tribute. The star of the show-- a replica of the Vietnam Memorial. The rolling memorial, which is largest of the traveling replicas, was driven from the truck stop to North Haverhill, N.H., where it will be on display at the fairgrounds.

The memorial is not just for Vietnam vets, but also veterans of World War II and Korea, as well as more recent conflicts.

"We have pictorial tributes with casualty listing for all of our combat casualties from 1980 to 2001, for the 9-11 casualties. And we have a dog tag display for each of the combat casualties for the global war on terror, tribute panel with the pictures of the 13 murdered at Fort Hood, and pictorial tributes for police and firefighters," said John Barron of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute.

"To my knowledge it hasn't been to this specific region. This close in the Upper Valley before. But we had an opportunity to secure this company for this weekend and we are very thankful that they were able to accommodate us," said Wayne Fortier, the event organizer.

"To honor the men that didn't come back that is on that wall. And for me to be still alive and to be able to do this, I am honoring them people that didn't come back," said Raymond Schwendeman of N.H. Combat Vets.

Newbury and Haverhill are celebrating their 250th birthday this year. Wednesday's event is part of that celebration. The Wall will be open for viewing at the fairgrounds through the afternoon of Memorial Day. After New Hampshire, the rolling tribute heads to Kansas.

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