Vietnam War memorial replica bringing patriotism to the area

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As you drive by the Panama City Beach Harley Davidson dealership you can see this replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.

"This behind me is the largest replica memorial wall in the county. It's 360 feet long," said Panama City Beach Harley Davidson Marketing Manager, Daric Freeman.

Allowing some Vietnam vets to say goodbye to their loved ones on the wall.

"I was coming to pay respect for all of my fallen brothers," said disabled Vietnam veteran, David Johnson.

"I'm proud that Panama City Beach has brought to it and say hello to a couple of friends, say goodbye to a couple of names on the wall," said Marine and Vietnam vet, Mac McManus.

Bringing a sense of patriotism to the area that many vets say they didn't feel after the war.

"It makes me very happy and very proud to finally see these guys get the honors and respect they deserve cause they didn't get it when they come home," said McManus.

"I was sent to do a job, and I done the best I could," said Johnson.

Some vets say this wall gives them a sense of peace.

"This is helping me to be able to move forward," said Johnson.

And tell their fallen brothers and sisters, "Thank you guys," said Johnson.

Staff at Harley Davidson say next year they have something bigger planned to honor our veterans, but they're keeping those plans a secret for now.

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