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Wall That Heals stirs emotions among visitors in Burnsville

A mobile memorial honoring Vietnam veterans is drawing strong emotions in the mountains. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A mobile memorial honoring Vietnam veterans is drawing strong emotions in the mountains.

"We come tonight to honor those men who heard their nation's call and bravely made the ultimate sacrifice," post chaplain Harvey Sharpe said. "I think about the fact that so many brave young men went off to war and so many of those did not come home."

The Wall That Heals is a replica of the monument at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

It includes photos of service members whose names are on the wall, as well as memorabilia left at the site. The wall is on display this weekend in Burnsville.

"Bill Martin and I were very close. He was an outstanding leader. He was a great American," Lester Heavner, an Air Force lieutenant colonel, said. "As we were going over, Bill and I were talking that night. And Bill said, 'you know, Les? Some of us are not going to come back.' When we arrived at Da Nang and received our in-country briefing in 1964, he went out the next day on his first mission into Laos. He didn't come back. We lost our squadron commander. We lost three airplanes."

The Wall That Heals will be on display through Sunday at at Mountain Heritage High School.

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