14 names added to Vietnam wall

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) - There's a Mother's Day tradition on the National Mall which brings mother's dreams come true by honoring our fallen heroes.

Every year names are added the the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Marie Franklin, 85, from Winchester Virginia, honors her son Army Private First Class Gregory Franklin.

"I'm awestruck of the celebration of my son's life, it's overwhelming," said Marie Franklin.

Marie takes the long walk to see her son's name that was added to the Vietnam Wall.

"It's right there, jumped out at me," said Marie.

He was just 19-years-old when he fought in Vietnam. He was hit by a rocket propelled grenade which left him partially paralyzed. He lived for 10 years with his injuries.

Randy Perry, a childhood friend said, "he died in his sleep from a cerebral hemorrhage from the shrapnel they couldn't remove from his head. So it's a good day."

Jerry Headley was Franklin's troop commander

"It's really a good day for family and friends brings closure and it brings back a lot of memories," Headley said.

The Franklins waited all these years to bring such an honor to their loved one. They say this was the most incredible Mother's Day.

Randy Perry said, "We waited a long time for this . He was a kind soul. Died very young. The happiest person is Marie, his mother.

Thirteen other names have been added to the Wall.

Elaine Stone, of New Hampshire said, "brother Alan Seamans, it means the world to us. It's the end of a journey. He belongs here. He was remarkable, but so were all the other ones."

The new additions bring the total to 58,300 names on the Wall.


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