After getting the necessary funding, The Wall that Heals, a replica of the D.C Vietnam War Memorial, is now at the Fort Ashby Fairgrounds.
“It’s probably much more emotional because of the granite, the sun on the wall itself,” said Shirley Gross, Mineral County resident.
The Wall that Heals stands above 7 feet tall. The replica traveled all the way from Chicago, Illinois to Fort Ashby, West Virginia honoring the more than 58,000 names of the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“They’re more than names on a wall. They’re real people,” said Tony Tidwell, Slanesville County resident.
“I’ve kinda got used to it by now,” said Rose Bailey, Mineral County resident.
Bailey says she’s used to finding her nephew and brother’s name on the wall, but this time she’s able to take a piece of him home. She says, “we rubbed his name onto this paper. We’re going to take it home and give it to my nephew. He’s never seen my brother.”
David Frederick Senior is Commander of American Legion Post 41 in Keyser and says while it took two years to receive the funding, their hard paid off and they were able to bring the wall into West Virginia for the first time.
“There’s 58,318 soldiers, sailors, marines that died on here and we honor them with everything we’ve got today,” he said.
Modern lighting provides the ability to always see the names of the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“It still gives you goosebumps because you know what it represents,” said Shirley Gross, Mineral County resident.
Organizers say they couldn’t have done it without the help of students from Keyser High School.