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Memorial Day: 'Freedom is not free'

May 26, 2008 1:41:16 PM PDT
Thousands gathered at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes to honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.It was one of the largest in Southern California with about 5,000 people, and the most emotional moments came when locals saw the moving wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

Click in the Eyewitness News Story Window above to watch Carlos Granda's report from the scene.

The memorial has the names of thousands who died in Vietnam and is just as powerful as the one in our nation's capital.

People came by to touch the name of a loved one -- a lost buddy, father or friend. For some it helps in the healing.

"We forget our heroes so quickly. Life is so fast, we really forget the people who really changed our lives," said local resident Shawn Steel.

"Yeah, a lot of good lives lost, and yeah, freedom isn't free. Freedom is not free," said Vietnam veteran Bob Gilles.

This is the last appearance for the moving wall in Southern California for 2008.

 

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