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Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall on display in Powell County


The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is what greets some special visitors of Powell County.

Friday wasn't your average motorcycle club out for a ride. The men and women escorted the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall into Clay City Park.

Mark Hawkins is the co-organizer of the event, "It means so much to so many local vets here that wouldn't necessarily make it Washington, DC to enjoy this wall."

You don't just slide a wall that is 50 feet wide off of the truck. It has to be put together. It can take up to three hours. But for Vietnam Veteran, Bob Stewart, time is on his side. He wants to do his part to honor his friends, "It means a lot of good buddies. I'm going to be looking up there after while. 58,000 that's a lot of men killed in 10 years. A lot of people stay away from the wall but it's a lot memories for me."

It is also known as the "The Wall that Heals."

"I think you heal with the wall but you enjoy seeing fellow vets that you served with in Vietnam and other places," says Stewart.

The small print on the wall holds more than 55,000 names.

"It gives me a great feeling of pride to know that this country will honor our veterans, our fallen and presently serving now. Not like back in the Vietnam when these soldiers came home and they were spat upon and it gives these veteran and this community to say thank you. To me it's 40 years late but better late than never I think," says Hawkins.

There will be several events Saturday surrounding the wall beginning at noon. The wall will stay in Powell County through Sunday.

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