"Wall That Heals" Ceremony Friday Night In Kinston

Nearly 500 motorcycles escorted a Vietnam Veterans memorial into Kinston Tuesday afternoon.

The traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is a miniature version of the permanent memorial wall in Washington, D.C.

Veterans say the wall gives those who have never had the opportunity to travel to the nation's capitol the chance to experience the memorial's power.

The wall will be open 24 hours a day at Emma Webb Park beginning Thursday morning at 10:00 o'clock.

Veterans say the sister of the Vietnam Veteran buried in the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington National Cemetery will attend the opening ceremony.

Local Vietnam Vets we spoke to say that the walls visit helps honor the sacrifices they made.

A candlelight ceremony honoring POW/MIA's will take place Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the wall.

Organizers say the memorial will be in Kinston through September 19th.

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  • by Sheila Location: Kinston on Sep 18, 2011 at 04:50 PM
    We are very fortunate to have the memorial in Kinston. Thank you to Mr. Cantu and others whose efforts made this possible. I have seen the wall before in Charlotte and you could have heard a pindrop. It was very emotional. And I thought the silence was appropriate as well. No one was told to be quiet and reserved, it just happened. I did not see a dry eye and this was not during a ceremony. This was a showing of loss, grief, pride and sadness for those who gave their lives, time and for those who are still missing. All of the Vietnam soldiers will forever remain in our hearts. We will never forget you, the living,the dead, the kias,or the pows or the mias. Thank you.
  • by DeAnna on Sep 16, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    Thank you to all the men and women that give their lives to fight for our freedom, you all hold a special place in my heart. And God Bless the families of those men and women.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Sep 13, 2011 at 08:00 PM
    For those of you who have never visited "The Wall" in DC, now is the time to do so. My man on the wall is Sgt. Earl Shark, missing in action, body never recovered, only his helment. God bless you Sgt. Shark.

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