Wall That Heals opening ceremony held in Paducah, KY
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - An opening ceremony for The Wall That Heals was held on Thursday, October 25.
It was from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Carson Park/Cassidy Arena at 300 N. 30th St. in Paducah.
The ceremony remembered the fallen and their families that’s names are listed on The Wall.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica Wall That Heals arrived in Paducah, Kentucky on October 23 with an escort of motorcyclist and vehicles.
The memorial spans nearly 400 feet and stands almost eight feet tall at its highest point.
The wall holds over 58,000 names of those that died in the Vietnam War.
During the ceremony names of fallen Vietnam Veterans from around the area were read to remember their sacrifice.
Anyone is able to view the wall at any time they’d like, there is a volunteer staff and security working the wall 24/7 during its visit.
Mary Beth Orr and event organizer for the opening ceremony said that the city of Paducah has been working on getting the wall for over a year.
“My prayer for them is that it does offer some sort of healing and for every individual it will be different, for some its they can finally talk about some of their experiences, some of their own children have not even been told some of their experiences,” said Orr.
The Wall will be open 24 hours a day through Sunday, Oct. 28, then it will make its way to Huntsville, Alabama.
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