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Traveling memorial reaches Morristown

Posted on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:17 am

They stood waving flags, some with fists in the air.

They whooped as the truck hauling precious cargo came into view, just on the skyline with a line of Harley-Davidsons in front of it.

It was the Vietnam War Memorial Traveling Wall. After months of preparation, it finally arrived.

The wall arrived in Morristown Wednesday, escorted by a line of motorcycles and police cars.

Several people stood at the overpass over U.S. Highway 25E as it passed underneath and arrived at its final destination at Walters State Community College, where it will remain for the rest of the week.

The memorial’s opening ceremonies was held Thursday morning and the Wall will be on display at the college next to the R. Jack Fishman Library until Monday. The closing ceremonies will be 1 p.m. Sunday with U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Johnson City and a U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea, giving remarks.

The traveling wall, also known as the “Wall that Heals,” has the names of 58,218 names engraved on the concrete slabs of service men and woman who died during the conflict.

The event is sponsored by Walters State Community College, Lowe’s, Pilot Flying J and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1073.

Volunteers will be on hand to help the public to find loved ones or friends who died in the conflict on the wall.