Wall That Heals offers unique opportunity to area

A replica of a national treasure has come to town, and it has brought with it a fresh wave of patriotism, pride and, hopefully, healing.

Mason-Dixon Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7234 in Ocean View is hosting “The Wall That Heals” until 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, allowing visitors a chance to see a 3/4-scale replica of the Vietnam War Memorial. After the truck carrying the wall pulled in to the VFW on Tuesday, Oct. 1, volunteers raised the side panels to reveal a mini-museum housing some 400,000 items that have been left at the original memorial in Washington, D.C., since it was opened in 1982.

The Wall came with a ton of fanfare locally, as people lined the roads celebrating its arrival. A wreath ceremony will be held on sAturday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m., but other than that, the Wall will be available for people to visit 24 hours a day from Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4 p.m. until Sunday afternoon. It is more than just a symbol of pride.

“This is about healing,” said Fulton Loppatto, former commander of the VFW post, “especially for those who lost family members, friends and fellow soldiers in the Vietnam War.”

This is a unique opportunity for people in our community to visit a structure that carries so much meaning with it, and a chance for veterans of the Vietnam War and others to spend some time looking up familiar names and remembering those who have been lost.

We encourage everybody to take advantage of this special weekend ahead, and remind people to be respectful to others while visiting the Wall.