This I Believe: I Believe In Black Clouds

Mar 26, 2020
Essayist Jeremy Hoffman
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I believe in black clouds. 


Colonel Vincent Tedesco hosted the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the "Ambush of Route 9" battle in the Vietnam War.
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A group of Vietnam Veterans gathered on Wednesday in State College to celebrate the 50th anniversary of "The Ambush of Route 9," which took place on January 24, 1968.

The battle marked the beginning of a series of fights in South Vietnam and was depicted in a memorial painting. The original painting in Fort Sill, Oklahoma is 8 feet by 10 feet.

The Traveling Wall in State College
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Many Vietnam veterans have only seen their service recognized in recent years. But a traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in State College gave them a chance to share their stories and heal. 

The names of more than 58,000 soldiers who died in the Vietnam War are listed and honored on the Traveling Wall.

Rex Johnson is an active duty national guard member from Milesburg. He rode among the Motorcycle Honor Escort last Wednesday, delivering the Traveling Wall from Bellefonte to Innovation Park.