Vietnam veterans memorial comes to Central Texas

KILLEEN, Texas - A special exhibit in Killeen is paying tribute to 58,000 men and women killed fighting for our country.

This replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is on display all weekend at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

"America would not be here if it weren't for those that served," says veteran Dennis Walker.

Hundreds of veterans from around the community came to honor and respect their comrades.

"I'm here to remember some of them people on the wall worked for me, while I was in Vietnam, and they lost their lives over there. They are my comrades, and they were my buddies in Vietnam. I have to come," says Vietnam veteran Robert L. Whitney.

"My brothers and sisters needed me to be here because there is a lot of people that sacrifice all for the good of the government and the good of the nation," says veteran Kenneth Schoen.

The purpose of bringing the wall to Killeen is to help the healing process.

Walker was in the military during the Vietnam War, but was never sent over to fight.

"I like to see all the military be honored. It takes a lot of time out of your life. It makes you proud of America. For what we stand for. Because this, like they say, you are free because of the brave," Walker continues.

"The Wall That Heals" honors over three million Americans who served in the Armed Forces in the Vietnam War and bears the names of more than 58,000 men and women who sacrificed their lives.

"I was a lucky one and I came home. It's a healing stone you gotta come touch it," Whitney says.

The wall is 375 feet in length and 7.5 feet high.

"This is monumental. And I hope many people in the community come out and take advantage of coming out and seeing it, and respect those who have given some much for us," explains 20-year veteran Acquanetta Pullins.

"The Wall That Heals" will be on display at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen from March 8 until March 11 at 1:00 p.m. It is open 24 hours, and is free to the public.

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