Wall That Heals Vietnam Struggle memorial stops in Columbus, providing veterans second of remembrance

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Columbus honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice with a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Lots of people stopped by over the weekend to pay their respects.

“You are not here, but we are here to continue your memory,” said Vietnam veteran Mick Phillips.

The wall is another way for them to honor their fellow soldiers who they lost in the Vietnam War.

After opening on Friday, the wall had the most visitors on Sunday.

The replica wall is 375 feet long, seven and a half feet high at its highest point. The Wall that Heals contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who lost their lives in the war.

The wall has been brought to nearly 700 cities and is making a stop in Columbus on Memorial Day weekend, which organizers say was special for the city and the traveling memorial.

Part of the idea behind the memorial is to give people and veterans a chance to see the wall without going to Washington DC

Visitors to Columbus Station have rubbed names on the wall of the people who hold a special place in their hearts.

Veterans who attended Sunday said this was their way of showing respect to friends they had lost in the war.

“It shows that they sacrificed their lives, but the thing is, I would love to not see their names on the wall because I prefer them to be here,” said veteran George Graves. “But because of the loss, it’s gratitude.”

The Wall that Heals is open 24/7 in Columbus but closes at 2pm on Monday.