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"The Wall that Heals" Memorial rolls into Columbus

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A traveling tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War has made its way to Columbus. "The Wall that Heals" memorial arrived Tuesday, with the official opening scheduled for Thursday April 4th.

A parade of motorcycles joined the truck carrying the memorial as it pulled into the parking lot of the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road.

More than 100 men and women rode their motorcycles in honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

"We would not have today what we have if it wasn't for those men and women who raise their right hand and decide to serve our country," said Retired Staff Sergeant Ron Stebbins.

Stebbins' father served in Vietnam, spending 38 days as a prisoner of war.

"This means the world to me to be able to come out here and remember them in a much better way than they were back in the 60's and 70's," added Stebbins.

Also among the crowd, Vietnam Veteran, Roy Ford.

"This is the moving wall, and if you have ever seen the Vietnam wall in Washington, which I have many times, there's something emotional about it," said Ford.

The wall will be put together piece by piece on the lawn of the library and will remain continuously open to the public through Sunday April 7th.

The names of the over 58,000 soldiers killed in battle are listed on the wall. Retired Sergeant 1st Class Raymond Eckel said he always recognizes at least 100.

"It hits me in the heart. Sometimes I have to walk away, I get tearful because one of them was a best friend of mine from my hometown," said Eckel.

Eckel added that he rides to let other veterans know, they are remembered.

 

Liz Buckthorpe

Liz joins the WRBL news team from all the way from New England. More>>

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