"Wall That Heals"

By: Candace White
By: Candace White

2-28-07

The Vietnam War claimed 58,213 American lives.

In order to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, a traveling memorial is now in the panhandle.

The "Wall That Heals" traveling exhibit is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

Today this wall traveled down Highway 231, escorted by veteran group motorcycle riders. The memorial is now in Beacon Hill in Gulf County for the next four days.

An opening ceremony will be held tomorrow morning at 9 p.m. Saturday afternoon there will be a ceremonial honoring of all Vietnam veterans, where each person's name will be read off the wall, and at 7:00 Sunday evening there will be a closing candlelight ceremony before the memorial is moved to its next location.

Volunteers are still needed to read portions of the names, serve as on site medical personnel and counselors for grieving visitors. If you'd like to volunteer, call Ginny Seefeldt at 648-5303.


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