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Groundbreaking for new education center at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A ceremonial groundbreaking will take place at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial in Washington. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Jill Biden and military families will be in attendance for the groundbreaking of a new education center.

Military leaders and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar were expected to join the groundbreaking Wednesday for the $85 million Education Center at The Wall. It will tell the stories of 58,000 soldiers who died in the Vietnam War and will honor fallen soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The group that built the Vietnam war memorial has told The Associated Press that it is expanding the scope of the planned education center to include more recent service members.

The underground museum will include some items left at the Vietnam memorial. Organizers still must raise $38 million for construction.

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