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Vietnam veterans flock to Wall That Heals in Bensenville

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Helmut Stankevicius of Elmhurst, a veteran of the Army's 9th Division, pays his respects Thursday at The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The replica is on display in Bensenville's Redmond Park through Sunday.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Opening ceremonies were held Thursday in Bensenville for The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

The names of former Fenton High School students killed in Vietnam are engraved in bricks that will be displayed permanently in Bensenville's Redmond Park or the village' downtown, officials said.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

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Navy veteran Alex Martella of Bensenville honors the fallen during opening ceremonies Thursday for The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

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Vietnam veteran Helmut Stankevicius was at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. when it opened in 1982, and has returned several times to visit, as recently as two years ago. On Thursday the Elmhurst resident didn't have far to travel to see a half-scale traveling replica of the wall in nearby Bensenville, where he and other veterans touched the names of their fallen comrades and paused to reflect on the harsh experiences of the war.
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    • Helmut Stankevicius of Elmhurst, a veteran of the Army’s 9th Division, pays his respects Thursday at The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The replica is on display in Bensenville’s Redmond Park through Sunday.
    • Opening ceremonies were held Thursday in Bensenville for The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
    • The names of former Fenton High School students killed in Vietnam are engraved in bricks that will be displayed permanently in Bensenville’s Redmond Park or the village’ downtown, officials said.
    • Navy veteran Alex Martella of Bensenville honors the fallen during opening ceremonies Thursday for The Wall That Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
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