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2/26/2013 8:07:00 AM
Editorial: Cottonwood fortunate to have Vietnam War Memorial come to town

A unique piece of American history will come to the Verde Valley when a replica of the Vietnam War Memorial is unveiled in Cottonwood March 27-31.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall is 80 percent to scale of the actual Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC. The Wall will be mounted on the Cottonwood Middle School playing field, facing the permanent seating.

The community owes a debt of gratitude to the City of Cottonwood for being the official sponsor of the traveling wall project. The cost for the Wall to visit for the week is $6,000. In addition to the city, the VFW Post 7400, American Legion, Moose Lodge, Cottonwood Chamber, Westcott Funeral Home, Walmart and numerous individuals shared in the expense to bring the memorial to Cottonwood.

Even more important, we owe a debt of gratitude to the 58,195 service men who lost their lives during the Vietnam war. Theirs was the ultimate sacrifice in the continual struggle for freedom for all people and all nations.

If you’ve never had the humbling experience of seeing the actual Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC, this is your chance to see the next best thing.

It’s your chance to say thank you.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Wondering about Slater?Wonder about the slaughter of our young men and woman in wars
NOT authorized by congress.Wonder about the
men and woman killed in Vietnams 10 yr war.
Over 58000 slaughtered(5850 per year or 16 per day)
What have we learned? Nothing.
Bush #2s father was almost blown away by Sadam,so he starts a war to avenge his papa
and who pays the price?
If the wall teaches you anything you need to pray your loved one's don't wind up on the next one for no good reason.So go home and fly
your flag and throw your chest out and proclaim
the justification of Our recent wars and then declare what it accomplished.Thats who Slater is.

Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Article comment by: @ Wondering

I think cynical is the better word, and it's really hard to be in the thick of a war and not get a little fed up with the armchair politicians who put you there. Viet Nam was the worst for that.

Besides, if Slater were to sail away, he'd be sorely missed.

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Wondering 'bout Slater

Who is this Slater Slater? It is someone who needs to learn to spell, for one thing. For another thing - he or she is always sounds bitter and can't say anything nice! You and Mr. Bond need to jump in a boat and sail away!

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: katherine oooooooo

Thanks to all men and women that has given their all for the freedom of those who don't deserve it!

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: Rolene Dugi

I'm proud to come from a line of Marines in my family, my brother who served in Iraq, a father who served in Vietnam Veteran with the 1st Recon Battalion and a Navajo Code talker grandfather who still today know what battles to honor and fight for and with that we've sustained a healing, strong, spirited family unit and appreciation for our diverse American Nation. Millions of Americans can't financially make it to D.C to see the actual wall so it was an honor to see it brought through Cottonwood so that students, community and most importantly PROUD local Veterans can see they were a part of something heroic in the eyes of my generation and beyond. You are all appreciated . . . Thank you and Welcome home!!

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

David Perrell,Thanks for taking the time to look
up two Hero's I was with in their final moments
an witnesses there bravery.
Heres a few more I knew.
Tommy (Tiger) Tighe Milford Ct
Richard Conklin-Milford Ct
Henry Sarmento-Milford Ct
Some think I'm angry and life is to short,sorry about your experiences and love one's who died
but this was a pact made with 12 members of our platoon.To let the truth be known as we saw
it.We made it home,with agent orange etc.
We witnessed false heros like James Derke
and many others stealing their valor.
Just venting as all you see isn't always the way it was.I understand the wall is for greaving and showing respect.Perhaps if the USA had respect our returning troops wouldn't have to buy their own boots and rely on civilians to pay
their bills.Just a different view thats all.We fought for at least that right.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: K STEVENS

Whatever the politics, etc., I believe it is an individual's own experience when at this wall. I will acknowledge whatever feeling that comes to ME as I look at the wall. Feel what I feel, welcome whatever comes, remember the boys my age departing and not coming home. It's individual . . .

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: David Perrell


A few years ago I discovered the Virtual Wall. There are full profiles and you can upload a photo and/or remembrance.

Assuming they were your buddies, I looked up Joseph Kelley and
Bobby McCoy to find out where you were relative to my favorite assignment operating a radio relay for the 79th Engineers at a SF camp atop Nui Ba Den near Tay Ninh (Nov '67- Feb '68). Nui Ba Den is about 312 miles west of FSB-411, about 18 miles from Cambodia.

Interesting stories about Kelly and McCoy and your unit:
In particular: "The First Sapper Attack"

I hope you fully recovered from that RPG shrapnel.

Posted: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Article comment by: Lynda Kuglitsch

@Slater-Slater. I take it you are speaking for yourself and don't represent the majority of Vietnam Vets. My first husband was a wounded Vietnam Vet, exposed to Agent Orange and died of head and neck cancer at 46 years of age. In his last year of life his final wish was to get to D.C. to see the the Wall. His health was deteriorating and we could not afford for both of us to travel to D.C. With the generosity of our oldest son's high school band program, they took him as a "chaperone" on the band's trip to D.C. The group finally got to the Wall when darkness was setting in. Unfortunately the electricity was off and they couldn't take him down to the Wall. Well, the next morning the group surprised him by making another trip back to the Wall. Two of the other band dads helped him to the Wall so he could look up lost friends and be there. A couple months later he died. This was such a special event for him and he never forgot the generosity of those that helped him with his final wish. You sound like you are still angry and bitter Slater-Slater. Life's too short.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: DPG Clarkdale

I am grateful to all who donated in order for the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall to visit Cottonwood. I look forward to taking my children to visit the Wall, so they may better understand the sacrifice of so many of this country's service men and women.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Viet Vet

A slater slater or whatever...........Not all of us can afford to go to THE WALL. I, as a Viet Vet, appreciate having the chance to "visit" the "Wall" and share some memories with some friends I knew. They are on the fake WALL but it means as much to some of us.

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Article comment by: Thank you Slater

Thank you Slater for your service. I for one appreciate you and all our brave men and women who serve.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

I hope at the very least(to comfort your soul)
the $6000 we paid will go to the Wounded
Warriors.No apology here as I'm speaking for
those Hero's I know and their communications we had in Vietnam.I know it seems harsh but
thats the agreement we had.
It's for the living and the wall in DC is the real deal.No road show for me.Sounds like the
cottage industry know as the POW.
Leave no one behind.The Gov handcuffed us and told us not to get our POW's
You can't go into Laos,Cambodia,North Vietnam.Politics all, as the military supply corporations made billions.on the backs of the GI.Hope I hit a nerve to all you armchair warriors.

Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Fortunate to pay $6000 to have the Wall in Cottonwood?Wow.I have combat brothers I was
with as they died.The last thing they would want
is a fake wall to honor them.We were spit on and worse upon returning home.
I'm glad you feel we need your tax deduction to honor us,but as a representative of the brothers
I saw go down, they to a man would say.Get over yourselfs.
I hope you all can rest now and I hope you can
sleep better knowing they didn"t die in vain.Your
beating a dead horse.Just ask a Korean Vet.
Can't wait to hear the political BS comeback on
this one. Go there
and weep.I'll be partying as they would prefer.

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