Mississippi city dedicates its own Vietnam Veterans Memorial

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi community has dedicated its own smaller-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that's in the nation's capital.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that veterans, local residents and elected officials held a ceremony Thursday at Veterans Park in Tupelo.

The memorial is 60 percent the size of the one in Washington with the same design - two black granite walls forming a wide angle. They are inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans killed or missing in Vietnam.

The state of Mississippi paid $750,000 of the roughly $1 million cost, with the rest paid in about equal parts from private donors and the city of Tupelo.

Traveling walls have toured the United States. The one in Tupelo is permanent.