LOWELL, MASS. (WHDH) - A local organization helped 12 Vietnam War veterans visit Washington, D.C. and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial this weekend.

The Lowell-based Veterans Assisting Veterans organized the trip, which set out from South Station Friday.

Veteran Bobby Fairbairn, a four-time Purple Heart recipient who was shot 17 times and has a bullet in his heart that can’t be removed, was making a return trip to the memorial, but many of the other veterans were visiting for the first time.

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