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Saturday 19 April 2014

Memorial site for Irish who died in Vietnam

CLARE could be the location of a rest and recuperation centre for US war veterans and serving soldiers, while a local authority has already agreed to erect a memorial to the Irish who served and died in Allied service.

Ennis Town Council has confirmed plans to erect the memorial to Irish men and women who served and died in South East Asia between 1959 and 1975.

Matthew Carroll, a war veteran and regular visitor to Ennis, put the original plan to the council.

The authority has confirmed that the memorial will be erected next year to coincide with International Remembrance Day, and will feature as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013 initiative.

It is hoped the memorial could potentially serve as a tourist attraction to the estimated 1.4 million veterans in America.

Irish Independent

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