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Traveling exhibit of National WWII Memorial arrives in Racine County

 The Commemorative Area of the National World War II Memorial recognizes the sacrifice of America's WWII generation and the contribution of our allies. A field of 4,000 sculpted gold stars on the Freedom Wall commemorates the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives, and symbolized the sacrifice of families across the nation.  (Photo from: Wikipedia Commons).
The Commemorative Area of the National World War II Memorial recognizes the sacrifice of America's WWII generation and the contribution of our allies. A field of 4,000 sculpted gold stars on the Freedom Wall commemorates the more than 400,000 Americans who gave their lives, and symbolized the sacrifice of families across the nation. (Photo from: Wikipedia Commons).

UNION GROVE, WI (WTAQ) - A couple hundred people saw an exact replica of the National World War II Memorial when it came to Racine County. 

The 8-by-8-foot traveling exhibit appeared Sunday at the State Veterans' Home near Union Grove.

During a program, the group heard stories of World War II heroism from retired Army Colonel Jill Morgenthaler. 

As the numbers of World War II veterans dwindle, many Wisconsinites have taken donated Honor Flights to Washington to see the nine-year-old memorial and rekindle their service memories.

Steven Schafer of the Pillars of Honor says lots of World War II veterans are in no condition to fly -- so that's why his group has spent the last three years touring the country with a mini-memorial.  It was in Kenosha County in 2012. 

Just like the one in D.C., the mini-version has 56 stone pillars representing the various states and territories, and over 4,000 stars -- each representing 100 Americans who died in World War II.

Because of the fine construction, Schafer says the replica can only be shown inside.  That's unlike the mini-Wall -- the small version of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial which has traveled the country for almost two decades.

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