The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall made its way to Citrus County to honor the memory of the 58,282 soldiers who never returned.

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The 3/5 scale memorial, identical to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. has 58,319 names engraved onto the black panels. The wall is taken to similar events around the eastern half of the United States by wall manager "Doc" Russo and another employee. He said Thursday that he attends between 15-18 of the events each year between April and November.

Among them are eight of Citrus County’s own: William H. Craig Jr., Stanley G. Hartson, Carl H. Joyner, Richard S. Lowes, Herbert D. Surber, William A. Wicks, James G. Williams and Charles E. Hall.

Visitors can view the 3/5 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from now through Sunday, April 25, at Crystal Harley-Davidson, 1147 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa.

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The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall makes its way into the parking area of the Crystal Harley-Davidson store in Homosassa. The truck hauls the 3/5 scale memorial. A giant American flag is flown by Citrus County Fire Rescue above the parking area.

A dealer-led ride from Harley-Davidson to Bushnell National Cemetery will leave at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24.

Bikers will return from Bushnell by 1:30 p.m., just in time to roar their engines in honor of veterans at 2 p.m.

On Sunday, April 25, the closing ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will commence at 4 p.m.

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