SPOKANE, Wash. - A beautiful ceremony in Spokane Valley Thursday morning celebrated the arrival of the wall that heals, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Washington D.C. that made its way to our community Wednesday.
The traveling replica is 250 feet in length and really amazing when it's lit up at night. But no matter how beautiful it looks to most of us, it's a difficult reminder to so many in the Inland Northwest of a war that has scarred them for life.
The mobile replica is meant to allow as many people as possible to pay their respects and reflect. Unlike the heroes who fought in the Pacific and Europe during WWII, the welcome home for Vietnam veterans wasn't always warm.
Retired Army Colonel Fred Aronow spoke to the crowd Thursday morning about what he and his men experienced.
“It was a hard time and you know you hear the stories about being spit upon and all of these things,” said Aronow. “Well, some of that happened.”
The replica wall will be here through Sunday. It was brought to the Inland Northwest by KSPS and other sponsors.
Eventually, their coverage of its time here will lead into a much anticipated film by famous documentarian Ken Burns about the conflict in Vietnam and our country's reaction to it.
Even if there are no familiar names on the wall, make an effort to see it while it's here in Spokane in Mirabeau Park.