The Wall that Heals works in different ways for those that see it.
As Vietnam Veteran Roger Nelson looked at it, he was reminded of the first time he saw the real memorial.
“We walked down to the wall, and I saw a few names that I knew. I cried like a baby. It's very emotional,” said Nelson.
The wall is a smaller replica of the one in D.C. and it travels around the country.
Nelson was 19 when he volunteered to fight in Vietnam which is also the average age of the names on the wall.
“When you stand here and you look at them, it looks like a big etch. Until you get close, and you realize those lines are names of young men and women.”
As veterans looked on the names they tried not to question why they were the ones who came back.
“I was told just the other day that you never put a question mark where God puts a period. But this means a lot to me having the wall come out here. “
Just like he volunteered to fight, he's volunteering his time to the wall now and Nelson encourages everyone to see it.
“It's something to make you realize, our freedom isn't free. It's something to think about.”
There are 58,000 names on this wall and visitors to the wall say a really good time to see it is at night.
For many, it takes on a more somber meaning.
The wall travels the country, and was last in the Valley three years ago.
It is open 24 hours a day through this Sunday at the Lucy Simms Center in Harrisonburg.
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