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      A traveling tribute of patriotism in Gladstone

      There's something extra patriotic to see in Gladstone around the Fourth of July, and it's not just the annual parade.

      The City of Gladstone, American Legion Post 71, and Bay Bank are bringing an 80 percent reproduction of the Vietnam Memorial Wall to the public.

      The American Veterans Traveling Tribute, AVTT, will be at Gladstone's Van Cleve Park July 3 through 7. Gladstone City Manager, Darla Falcon, says she feels a connection with veterans, and it's a personal mission of hers to bring the wall to the city.

      "The City of Gladstone is celebrating our 125th anniversary this year," said Falcon, "so we needed something spectacular to bring for folks to come to Gladstone to see. Just come and see the wall. I think that tribute to all the veterans is what our focus is."

      The event is free for the public to view the wall, but it cost $6,000 to bring the wall to Gladstone.

      Donations would assist in other costs, and if you would like to donate, contact Darla Falcon at (906) 428-2311 or Marcey Skwor at (906) 428-4040.