Names of Vietnam Soldiers Read

By Julie Montanaro
October 12, 6:45 p.m.

The names of soldiers killed in Vietnam are echoing in Tallahassee.

The three quarter size replica of the Vietnam Wall now on display at Culley's Meadowwood bears more than 58,000 names.

A steady stream of visitors and school children came to see it Thursday.

Justin Birge from Cottondale High made two charcoal etchings for his dad, etchings with the names of two of his dad's best friends who died in Vietnam.

"They all went to school together and one of them, he had played football with," said Justin Birge.

Volunteers have begun to read all 58,000 names on the wall aloud. They'll be reading around the clock until the last name is read on Sunday afternoon.

They need more volunteers willing to read in the wee hours, from 2 to 6 a.m. If you can help, call Jerald Collman 933-4002.

The wall will be in Tallahassee until Sunday afternoon. Opening ceremonies are Friday at 10 a.m. There is a candlelight vigil Friday at 7:30 p.m. A Purple Heart ceremony is scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m., and closing ceremonies are Sunday at 4 p.m.