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"The Wall That Heals" Vietnam veterans exhibit makes a stop at historic Fort Concho

Wall names over 58,000 Vietnam veterans who sacrificed their lives


A half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington D.C. made its way to San Angelo's historic Fort Concho on Wednesday morning.

Concho Valley law enforcement and more than 60 motorcyclists volunteered to escort the trailer from Ballinger to San Angelo.

"Every time we take this wall out I'm always amazed by the support and how many riders come out," said Patrick O'Neill, the "Wall That Heals" site manager. "It could be mid-week, pouring rain, and riders are just out there getting ready to bring the wall in."

Referred to as "The Wall That Heals," the replica of the monument in Washington, D.C. stretches 250 feet showing the names of more than 58,000 men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam war.

The exhibit requires about 5 hours to build and organizers say it travels about 42 weeks out of the year.

"We try and go around to as many stops as we can so people have the opportunity to view the names of the fallen soldiers displayed on it," O'Neill added.

The wall requires countless volunteer hours — not only to be built, but also for those supervising the wall every minute the wall is on display at Fort Concho.

Those visiting the wall will have a directory available if there is a specific name on the exhibit they are looking for.

"The Wall That Heals" opening ceremony is Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

The closing ceremony for the exhibit will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica & Mobile Education Center Web Site

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