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Global War on Terrorism Wall of Remembrance escorted to the Canfield Fairgrounds

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American veterans and motorcycle clubs provided an escort to the Canfield Fairground for a traveling tribute to all who have lost their lives in the global war against terrorism on Tuesday.

The wall is a tribute and reflection on loss and sacrifice. 

Mahoning County Sheriff's Deputies blocked off roads and led the way to the fairground.

"This brings the names of the young men and women who gave their lives to life. I think our community is very patriotic and I think visiting the wall and reading the names of heroes is one way to show our patriotism. We need to remember all who serve and pay the ultimate price," said J.P. Brown, past National Commander of AMVETS.

The wall, pulled on a trailer by Derek Hendershot, USMC, and member of Rear Area Support Foundation, was followed by riders from the Latin American Motorcycle Association and the Second Brigade Motorcycle Group.

The Memorial Wall consists of 32 panels and is 6 feet tall and 100 feet long. It lists the names of victims beginning from the Beirut bombing, 9-11, to the Boston Marathon. It honors fallen Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and members of the Coast Guard who have paid the ultimate price. There is a white board to write names on a thirty-third panel that is being made.

"The other side covers the men and women who were killed in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, the Twin Towers, the flights, the Pentagon, the First Responders, military in Afghanistan, and Iraq. We keep it up to date," said Hendershot. "The wall has helped begin a healing process for some military members struggling with effects of loss, trauma, and injuries, during their service. This week in Wisconsin, I had a family who's own son who was suffering from depression and the effects of being in battle. They were losing their son at home and wanted to do what they could. We got the son out to the wall, so he could see the names of his friends. The whole family came together crying and working together to begin the healing process."

The wall was made in memory and honor of the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, nicknamed Dark Horse out of Camp Pendleton, California, which took 27 casualties, and had over 250 wounded in one month.  The wall is getting worn and the group Vision 2 Victory is trying to help the group raise the money needed to replace the wall, if you would like to help click here.

The Global War on Terrorism Wall of Remembrance will be on display at the Canfield Fair beginning Wednesday through Labor Day. It can be found near gate 8, near the permanent Mahoning Veteran's Memorial. 

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