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Moving Wall makes its way to Mid-Michigan

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Heartfelt sentiments welcomed the Moving Wall to Auburn on Thursday.

Veterans and loved ones searched for their friends' and family members' names to remember those they lost in the Vietnam War.

Valerie Mays' son was 19-years-old when he died fighting for his country, "He loved to play baseball. Like I said, he wanted to get married and have a family, but it just didn't work that way."

Mays said the wall helps her remember her son. "The more I can visit the moving wall or the one in D.C., the more I feel closer to my son."

Local Vietnam veterans came out to salute their fellow men and women.

Vietnam veteran Ray Essenmacher came to see his comrades' names etched in history.

"This here is a reminder to Vietnam veterans who their buddies were, who fought next to them, who helped try to save them," he said.

Auburn resident Craig Pickelman says the Moving Wall offers the chance for the younger generation to learn about the war. "What Vietnam War was all about. How it came about that the wall is here to help remember all those that lost their lives fighting for our freedom."

The wall will be on display at Auburn City Park until Monday.

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