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Vietnam Wall Experience

By: Amanda Humes
By: Amanda Humes

"This is an emotional thing for me. It's been almost 40 years. To see these names up here," said Colonel John B. Airola, a retired U.S. Marine.

Over 58,000 names on the wall, remembering those who fought and died in the Vietnam War. The moving wall is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. It has been on tour across the nation and Huntsville is the last stop.

"We have a tremendous number of veterans who are here in Walker County and this area. This wall is dedicated, it honors all U.S. veterans and it's dedicated to our American Vietnam veterans, so to have the opportunity to bring this here, it just gave us a chance to say thank you," says organizer Ronnie Brame.

There are eight names on the wall from Walker County and many of their family members and friends still live in Huntsville. Thousands from all over the area are expected to visit the wall. Local veterans say the wall's presence is another reminder of the time spent with their fellow comrades and the nation's fallen heroes.

"It's very special to all of us because we know with just a moment of faith, some of us that are still living today could have our names on this wall," says Colonel Mickey Evans, a retired U.S. Army service man.

All the veterans helping to set up the site have their own personal and emotional stories from their time serving in the Vietnam War. They only hope that visitors who come to the site can gain a sense of how brave and honorable the men and women who fought for our country truly are.


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