Vietnam Wall replica open in Williamsburg

Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall replica arrives in Williamsburg, Va. Oct. 9, 2014. (WAVY/Rob Rizzo)

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – A replica of the Vietnam Wall is in Williamsburg this weekend. It pays tribute to the more than 58,000 men and women who died in the Vietnam War.

Robert New spent Thursday searching through the names of those who sacrificed their lives, looking for some specific ones. He said he knew he had family in the war and he found five of them on the wall.

Photos: The Wall that Heals

“John E. Quillen from what we can tell he was one of our later cousins. From what I can tell from the information is that he was from Tennessee,” said New.

The names are listed by the date of death. The traveling exhibit brings many to tears, and for others, an opportunity to heal and inspire.

“The Wall that Heals” opened to visitors Thursday. It is half the size of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

If you would like to see it for yourself, the wall will remain open around the clock until Sunday at 3 p.m. It sits on the grounds of the Colonial Public Hospital on Francis Street.


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