KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is on display at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
(Photo by Kathleen Serie)
The 7 ½-foot-high wall stretches over 375 feet, listing the names of more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
An opening ceremony was held Thursday morning.
The wall will stay at the cemetery until 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Vietnam Veteran Clifford Baldwin observed the setup of the traveling wall on Wednesday.
He has seen the full-sized memorial in Washington, D.C., and said it is “alive” with the memories of the ones they lost.
“Combat never leaves you,” Baldwin said.
He said he hopes the local community will show their support by visiting the exhibit while it’s in Killeen.
"The communities now, and the United States as a whole is understanding what they did back then to us, and they're trying to make up for it, which we are grateful for,” Baldwin said. “And us Vietnam Veterans are never going to let another era of veterans go through what we went through."
Guadalupe Lopez is also a Vietnam Veteran.
"It brings us together, because once this wall is set up, we see a lot of veterans here that are from our era, from Vietnam,” he said.
In addition to the memorial, the “Wall That Heals” also features a mobile education center, where visitors can view pictures and videos of local service members with names on the wall.
Visitors can also do name rubbings of individual service member’s names off of the wall.