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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 03/ 7/2011

Vietnam center gets gift from Australia

By Associated Press

Organizers of a planned visitors center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are getting a $3 million donation.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the gift from her government on Monday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington and before meeting with President Barack Obama. Australia was a U.S. ally in the Vietnam War, and more than 500 Australians lost their lives during the conflict.

The planned exhibit space, called The Education Center at the Wall, will be underground and display items that have been placed at the memorial.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which is building the center, says it has raised $26 million of the approximately $85 million needed to build the facility. The group says the groundbreaking will likely in 2012 or 2013.
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By Associated Press  | March 7, 2011; 11:27 AM ET
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Thank you Australia.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 7, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I am glad our government did this. I just hope that there is something at the centre showing that Australians fought in this war as well.

Posted by: Mhor75 | March 9, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I am glad our government did this. I just hope that there is something at the centre showing that Australians fought in this war as well.

Posted by: Mhor75 | March 9, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

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