The year was 1982 in Washington D.C and the The Vietnam Memorial Fund founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
The wall was erected to honor and recognize the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives for our freedom. In total, there are over 58,000 names on the wall of soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Next to the names on the wall are either a cross or a diamond. If there is a cross next to the name that means the person was missing or a prisoner when The Wall was built in 1982 and still is unheard from to this day. The diamond like symbol next to the name means the soldier was known to have died during battle.
The actual wall is permanently standing in Washington D.C. but the traveling wall replica is in New Bern this weekend.
Back in 1996, The replica of The Wall That Heals started traveling the country to show communities this amazing piece of work. They understood that not everyone could get to Washington D.C. to see it so they wanted to bring it to them. Since 1996, The Wall That Heals replica has been displayed in almost 600 communities.
If you have never experienced this before I suggest you do. It’s something that needs to be viewed once in your life. Take some time this weekend and just appreciate those who have sacrificed for us.
Thank you to all the brave men and women who fight for our freedom everyday…