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Vietnam Veterans Memorial mobile replica arrives in Spokane Valley

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial in Washington arrived in Spokane Valley on Wednesday. 

'The Wall That Heals' honors the more than three million serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. It is mobile so that those who are unable to make it to D.C. are able to pay their respects.

So far the wall has made it to over 500 communities in the U.S. and its last stop was in Billings, Montana, before arriving in Spokane Valley.

On the memorial are the names of 58,000 people who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

"I wouldn't miss this," said veteran Tazz Maneval. "I am thankful for the sacrifices that were made."

244 of the names are individuals from the Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho region.

"Those people paid a heavy price," said Jerry Bauer, a Vietnam veteran. "As far as we are concerned they are fallen hero's."

The wall was escorted into Mirabeau Meadows in Mirabeau Point Park on Wednesday, but officially opens Thursday morning. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m.

The memorial will be open around the clock until Aug. 27 and is free to the public.

Counseling services will be available and there is also an education center with volunteers to help you find a loved one on the wall.

The Wall That Heals was brought to Spokane Valley thanks to the efforts of KSPS-TV and its local partners.
 


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