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Images capture powerful moments from ‘Wall That Heals’ visit (PHOTOS)


Behind every name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a story. The same can be said for the thousands of people who visited “The Wall That Heals,” a half-scale replica of that memorial that was on display at Ohio University’s Bicentennial Park Sept. 14-17.

Some came to pay respects to their fallen comrades. Some came to mourn and remember family and friends who served in the conflict. Some came to learn more about this turbulent time in American history. And hopefully, as the wall’s founders intended, some left feeling at least a little healed.

Here are some moments captured at “The Wall That Heals”:

Visitors of various ages and backgrounds look at “The Wall That Heals,” a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Visitors of various ages and backgrounds look at “The Wall That Heals,” a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Each year an estimated 5.6 million people visit the memorial in our nation’s capital. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, a non-profit organization that spearheaded the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and continues to care for it, unveiled “The Wall That Heals” on Veterans Day 1996 to further its mission to honor and preserve the legacy of service and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War. Photo by Emily Matthews

Visitors check out the exhibits in “The Wall That Heals” mobile education center.

Visitors check out the exhibits in “The Wall That Heals” mobile education center. The tractor-trailer that carries “The Wall That Heals” also houses a mobile education center that features exhibits designed to tell the story of the Vietnam War and the era surrounding the conflict as well as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Photo by Emily Matthews

Connie Thompson, an Athens resident, points at a name on “The Wall That Heals” while Bob Thompson (left) and Leroy Thompson, both of Athens, look for other names on the wall.

Connie Thompson, an Athens resident, points at a name on “The Wall That Heals” while Bob Thompson (left) and Leroy Thompson, both of Athens, look for other names on the wall. Connie said they knew six or seven people whose names are on the wall. The names of 18 Athens County veterans are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Photo by Emily Matthews

Members of Ohio University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) assist staff from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in erecting “The Wall That Heals” in Bicentennial Park.

Members of Ohio University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) assist staff from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in erecting “The Wall That Heals” in Bicentennial Park. It takes more than three hours – and lots of assistance – to set up the wall. Photo by Angela Woodward

The exhibits in “The Wall That Heals” mobile education center include photos of service members whose names are found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as well as letters and memorabilia left at the memorial in Washington, D.C.

The exhibits in “The Wall That Heals” mobile education center include photos of service members whose names are found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, as well as letters and memorabilia left at the memorial in Washington, D.C. Photo by Emily Matthews

(From left) John McNeely, a member of the OHIO Parents Advisory Council; Katie McNeely, a senior studying child and family studies at Ohio University; and Lori Guthrie, an Athens resident, visit “The Wall That Heals” on Sept. 15.

(From left) John McNeely, a member of the OHIO Parents Advisory Council; Katie McNeely, a senior studying child and family studies at Ohio University; and Lori Guthrie, an Athens resident, visit “The Wall That Heals” on Sept. 15. The wall’s visit to Ohio University coincided with OHIO’s annual Parents Weekends, allowing students and their parents to share in that experience. Photo by Emily Matthews

Nine-year-old Hope Goodson from Wilkesville, Ohio, takes a photo of “The Wall That Heals.”

Nine-year-old Hope Goodson from Wilkesville, Ohio, takes a photo of “The Wall That Heals.” Wilkesville is located in Vinton County, one of six counties bordering Athens County. Seventy-six flags were placed in front of “The Wall That Heals” in honor of the 76 individuals from Athens and the surrounding counties who died while serving in the Vietnam War. Photo by Emily Matthews

Tim Tetz, director of outreach for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, shares information on “The Wall That Heals” and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with students from one of Ohio University’s learning communities on Sept. 13.

Tim Tetz, director of outreach for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, shares information on “The Wall That Heals” and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with students from one of Ohio University’s learning communities on Sept. 13. The learning community was the first of many student groups and classes to visit the wall during its time on the Athens Campus. Photo by Angela Woodward

Seventy-six flags were placed in front of “The Wall That Heals” in honor of the 76 individuals from Athens and the surrounding counties who died while serving in the Vietnam War.

“The Wall That Heals” visit was spearheaded by OHIO’s Brigadier General James M. Abraham and Colonel Arlene F. Greenfield Veterans and Military Student Services Center and the Campus Involvement Center with support from partners through the University and Athens communities. Ohio University’s Athens Campus is one of more than 35 communities on the 2017 national tour of “The Wall That Heals.” Since its dedication, the wall has visited more than 400 communities through the United States. Photo by Chris Smith

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For more coverage of “The Wall That Heals” visit, including a video documenting the wall’s arrival and setup on the Athens Campus, click here