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Officials, veterans break ground on Vietnam Experience exhibit

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) – Patriots Point on Friday broke ground on a new exhibit all about the Vietnam War. The museum's director said Patriots Point is expanding to create the new area.

Patriots Point's Executive Director Mac Burdette says the exhibit will help visitors feel like they are in the middle of the Vietnam War.

Before the groundbreaking, a large crowd of Vietnam veterans gathered at patriots Point to give and hear speeches, take and pose for pictures, and kick off the process to build the new exhibit.

"We have just been named of the Department of Defense partners to host events and programs at Patriots Point for the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam," Burdette said.

Burdette says the 3-acre exhibit will be more than just pictures and old videos – it's going to be interactive.

"This is going to be an immersive experience. That's why we use the word experience. When you come here you are going to hear the sounds, see the sights and smells of Vietnam, and you are going to be able to push buttons and things are going to happen and veterans are going to talk to you," Burdette said. "We are going to bring re-enactors from time to time."

The exhibit is expected to open by November, just in time for Veterans Day.

"This is our way of saying welcome home to Vietnam veterans 50 years after the fact. They didn't get that welcome home like our troops do today and we are going to do our part in welcoming them home," he said.

Burdette says they expect to start construction in June which he says should give them enough time to make their November deadline.

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