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“Cost of Freedom” Tribute in Kentwood This Week

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The City of Kentwood, sponsor of the “Cost of Freedom Tribute”, is thrilled that the moving memorial has come to town.

The display, with its main feature, an 80% replica of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., was developed by The American Veterans Traveling Tribute, a non-profit organization consisting of veterans. 

The wall is 380′ long which peaks at 8′ in the middle.  The Wall contains the names of 58,523 who died or are missing.

It’s on display at Kentwood’s Veterans Memorial Park on 48th Street.  For directions and more information, just click on Cost of Freedom link here.

But wait…..there’s more.  Other displays include:

  • Exhibit depicting statistics of every war / conflict involving the United States.
  • Timeline with photos of World War II.
  • Korean War tribute with timelines & photos.
  • Vietnam War facts, figures, and timeline.
  • Art display featuring Vietnam Veteran artist.
  • Display of USA founding and significant documents including Constitution and Declaration of Independence
  • Panels honoring Law Enforcement and Firefighters with pictorial display.
  • Panel memorializing the casualties at Fort Hood 2009 shootings.
  • A FBI tribute panel that lists directors as well as the fallen.
  • Displays honoring those who fell in military hostile action from the end of Vietnam to the 9/11 attacks.
  • 9/11 tribute with the names of all 2,984 casualties, organized by where they were located at the time of death.
  • A gold dog tag tribute to all those members of the armed forces who have given their life in the Global War on terror.  Each tag has the full name, rank, branch of service, date of casualty and location of casualty.
  • The exhibit opens today, Thursday, at 12 noon, and closes Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.

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