'The Wall That Heals' making stop in Kentucky

A traveling memorial to those soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War is making a stop in Kentucky this week.

"The Wall That Heals" will be in Somerset through Saturday.

The memorial is a replica of the actual Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. It has the names of 58,000 soldiers who died in the war.

The wall has a special meaning to Vietnam Veteran Claude Davis, because of the name James Jenkins. Davis says his name should be on the wall instead.

"We had this agreement, if one of us fell asleep, the other would take over," Davis said. "So I told him I couldn't stay awake. I crawled down into the fox hole, and not 15 seconds later, mortars fell and he was no more."

Another purpose of "The Wall That Heals" is to collect photographs of the soldiers who died.

Organizers of the memorial say they need 1,037 pictures of Kentuckians whose names are on the wall.

"The Wall That Heals" will be at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset through Saturday.


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