Vietnam Memorial Statue of Three Soldiers Restored

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The Three Servicemen statue, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, is unveiled, following six weeks of restoration work. AP Photo/Alex Brandon.

WASHINGTON (AP).- A statue of three soldiers
installed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial after critics thought the
V-shaped
memorial wall was too abstract has been restored to its original finish
in a
six-week project completed Friday. A private foundation that built the
memorial
raised about $125,000 to restore the bronze “Three Servicemen” statue of
three
soldiers for the first time. After 25 years, weather and the hands of
millions
of visitors wore down the patina finish on the soldiers’ faces, arms,
hands and
guns, turning those areas a greenish-blue color.