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Memorial Day Observance In Manteca Includes Replica Of 'The Wall'

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio
 

Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

"The Wall" a three-quarter size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands in Manteca's Woodward Park.

More than 58,000 names are carved into the black panels that stretch almost the length of a football field.

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Vietnam Vet Pastor Mike Dillman organized the event which includes a concert, fireworks, military helicopters, and 7,000 wooden crosses to remember the servicemen and women who gave their lives since 9/11.  The event has been going on since Wednesday of last week.

"For those 30,000 that show up, it really is a day that we set aside to remember what an incredible thing it is to be free men," says Dillman.

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Twelve-year-old Nathan Rabelo was there with his class.  He found the name of Lance Corporal Brock Elliott of Manteca on "The Wall." Nathan attends Brock Elliott Elementary School.

"I think people should appreciate this. Brock Elliott will still be missed," he says.

Pastor Dillman says he believes Manteca may be the most patriotic city in America, and  2,500 American flags waving along Manteca sidewalks suggest, on this Memorial Day, he might be right.

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