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A tribute to the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

Col. Patrick Donley, 45th Mission Support Group commander, speaks at the opening ceremony of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall during the 27th Annual Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Fla. April 28. The public is invited to visit the traveling wall until May 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information visit, www.floridaveteransreunion.com. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Erin Dorrance)

Col. Patrick Donley, 45th Mission Support Group commander, speaks at the opening ceremony of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall during the 27th Annual Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Fla. April 28. The public is invited to visit the traveling wall until May 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information visit, www.floridaveteransreunion.com. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Erin Dorrance)

Col. Patrick Donley, 45th Mission Support Group commander, places a piece of paper over a name on the wall to rub it over with a pencil, while Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Gunnels, 45th Space Wing looks on, during the 27th Annual Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Fla. April 28. Donley opened the ceremony as the first guest speaker and shared stories about the history of his favorite Vietnam hero, U.S. Air Force Sergeant Louis Harold Fischer of the 377th Security Police Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Erin Dorrance)

Col. Patrick Donley, 45th Mission Support Group commander, places a piece of paper over a name on the wall to rub it over with a pencil, while Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Gunnels, 45th Space Wing looks on, during the 27th Annual Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Fla. April 28. Donley opened the ceremony as the first guest speaker and shared stories about the history of his favorite Vietnam hero, U.S. Air Force Sergeant Louis Harold Fischer of the 377th Security Police Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Erin Dorrance)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Veterans were honored during the 27th Annual Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion April 28 at Wickham Park in Melbourne, Florida. The reunion features the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Gunnels, 45th Space Wing, gave the opening prayer and thanked veterans for paving the way for him to serve.

Col. Patrick Donley, 45th Mission Support Group commander, was the opening speaker to a crowd of 400 veterans, family members, community members, and friends. He recalled a story about five security policemen who bravely fought against 600 enemy forces. The men fought for 24 minutes before succumbing to their wounds.

"I often ask myself, how would I have conducted myself on that day if I had been that 19-year-old sergeant in charge of the fire team," said Donley. "It is a humbling question--and I know standing before me today, and etched into the wall behind me are people who made similar sacrifices and led just as bravely."

Visit the traveling wall from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., through May 4. For more information, visit www.FloridaVeteransReunion.com.