Families wash Vietnam memorial to honor fallen fathers

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Sons, daughters, grandchildren and other relatives of those who died in the Vietnam War gathered before dawn this Father's Day to remember their fallen relatives in a unique way.

With brushes, mops, hoses and soap, they set about cleaning the granite wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Their mission was to polish each of the more than 58,000 names of Americans who died.

The event was part of the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of a group called Sons and Daughters in Touch, a support group for the children of service members who died or who are classified Missing in Action during the Vietnam War.

Roughly 20,000 service members, about one third of the more than 58,000 military personnel who either were killed or MIA in Vietnam, were fathers, according to the group....

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