Vietnam Veterans memorial fund's display during name reading at National Mall. (Photo credit: Heather Curtis/All-News 99.1)Vietnam Veterans memorial fund's display during name reading at National Mall. (Photo credit: Heather Curtis/All-News 99.1)
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — The names of nearly 7,000 service members who have died since 9/11 were read on the National Mall ahead of Memorial Day.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America hosted the name-reading ceremony Saturday. The organizations say they expected more than 450 people to take part in reading the names including former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and retired Gen. David Petraeus, the former CIA Director.
WNEW’s Heather Curtis reports there was a constant line of people standing to the side of the podium waiting to read the names of the fallen.
Line of people waiting to stand at podium. (Photo: Heather Curtis/All-News 99.1)
The reading of the names began at 10 a.m. and a closing ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m.
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