|Published:||Jul 08, 2013 5:24 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 08, 2013 6:36 PM EDT|
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A Vietnam Memorial Wall could make it's final stop in Punta Gorda. Right now, the 360-foot-long memorial is in Texas.
But leaders in Punta Gorda want their city on the list of possible permanent homes.
For 39 years, Dick Carr served in the Air Force. The retired Major General fought in Vietnam. He remembers his emotions when he saw the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall for the first time.
"I have a lot of friends who unfortunately whose names are on the wall... it's one way to keep history not only in history books," he says.
Now Carr hopes that history will make a permanent home right here in Punta Gorda.
The City Council is looking into bringing the 360-foot long Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to the Veterans Garden in Laishley Park.
Right now, the wall is in Texas and the non profit that owns it wants to retire it at the end of this year.
"They will have to approve the site. they want to make sure that this goes somewhere appropriate this is very special to them as it should be," says Mayor Bill Albers.
It comes with a hefty pricetag. The organization is asking for 250-thousand dollars to deliver and install it. City Council will discuss whether or not to move forward with the idea on Wednesday.
"I think it lends to the perfect kind of tourism that Punta Gorda looks for," says Mayor Albers.
Leaders don't know how many or what other cities they'd be competing with. They will also need to look into where the funding would come from.
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