ROME, Ga. — After a 10-year effort to memorialize locals who fought and died in the Vietnam war, the 525 Purple Heart Chapter made it a reality.

The group unveiled a new monument at Myrtle Hill Cemetery Tuesday that displays the names of 22 men who lost their lives and earned a Purple Heart military decoration.

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The chapter has been raising money for the past decade in order to make it happen.

Now, the monument stands tall in Veterans Plaza, at the cemetery.

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