Vietnam Wall Replica Comes To Washington

The wall that heals, a one-half scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Washington DC will be arriving in Washington NC at approximately 3pm on Tuesday, April 20th. The arrival parade will be led by the Patriot Riders Motorcycle Organization of Danville VA, traveling from Mt Olive to Veterans Park in Washington.

The wall will be erected on Wednesday, April 21st with opening ceremonies on Thursday, April 22nd at 9am. Speakers will be Mayor Archie Jennings and Vietnam Veteran/Medal of Honor recipient Walter J. Marm. There will be a flyover of a B-52 bomber from Barksdale AFB, a POW/MIA ceremony and several local musical performers. Local high school JR ROTC groups will be performing color guard duties and there will be a Bagpiper with a special routine, Echoing Taps, and a Dove release.

The wall contains the names of six Washington men who made the supreme sacrifice during the Vietnam War: Warren Lee Beacham, James Leroy Brown, Joseph Henry Downing Jr, Carl Federick Hodges Jr, Gary Hoyt Leary, and Paul Marion Nance Jr.

Everyone is invited to attend the opening ceremonies and visit this memorial. There is no cost and the wall will be open to visitors 24 hours a day while it is here.


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  • by Patrice Location: WILLIAMSTON on Apr 22, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    how long will the memorial be in Washington?
  • by Darlene Location: Washington, NC on Apr 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    Maybe I am thick, but I didn't see a location. Veteran's Park I presume? And for how long? I want to take my daughter...
  • by Robert Location: NC on Apr 21, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    From Shakespear - Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars, And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.' Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot, But he'll remember, with advantages, What feats he did that day. Then shall our names, Familiar in his mouth as household words- Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter, Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester- Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red. This story shall the good man teach his son; And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered- We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition; And gentlemen in England now-a-bed Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here, And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
  • by Me Location: Washington on Apr 21, 2010 at 03:14 AM
    My wife and I will be taking our 6 year old daughter out of school thursday and attending this event. Her class will be going on a field trip, but she will be learning American History on that day. I was suprised when I spoke to her teacher about this. She had no idea about this taking place. I hope other parents will take this chance to teach their children about important things like this. If it is half as moving as the Wall in DC, bring plenty of tissues.
  • by Thomas Location: Chocowinity,NC on Apr 20, 2010 at 06:10 PM
    My Army Drill Sgt. said and I will never forget " The cost of our freedom is young American blood! Wolfgang is right please go and pay your repects to " The Wall Of Heroes " Thanks for bringing the Wall to Washington,NC. Also have respect if you see a old man cry.
  • by T Location: Greenville on Apr 20, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    Does anyone know how long the Wall will be in Washington?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Apr 20, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    There are two places I never fail to visit when in Washington DC, the "Wall" and the changing of the guard at Arlington, both are humbling experiences. Those of you that have not visited the "Wall" in DC, take time to visit this one. There is another memorial for the Koran war, there is an inscription near the pool that says "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE", how true. HEROES ALL. To think that DC is is our capitol and filled with corrupt politicians.
  • by Thankful Citizen Location: America on Apr 20, 2010 at 05:24 PM
    I watched the "Great Parade" when the Wall arrived here Tuesday. I was very proud to be there. Everyone, PLEASE go see the Wall! Every name on that wall is there for you and me. Go tell them "THANK YOU'!!!
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Apr 20, 2010 at 04:56 PM
    From an old Army vet I want to thank all involved for bringing the " The Wall of Heros " to Washington,NC
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