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The Wall that Heals arrives in La Pine to warm, flag-waving welcome, stirring procession

(Update: Adding video, comments)

Will be open to the public starting Wednesday afternoon

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- After a long, 2 1/2-year community effort by many across Central Oregon, The Wall That Heals, a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Center, has arrived at its new, temporary home in La Pine and will be open to the public Wednesday for the next several days.

The Wall was transported by trailer throughout the streets of La Pine Tuesday afternoon, escorted by hundreds of motorcyclists, classic cars and law enforcement, as onlookers waving American flags cheered the long-awaited arrival.

A couple from the American Legion Riders, John and Nancy Karriker, said they were honored to be a part of the motorcade.

"Overwhelmed with pride," John Karriker said.

The two tailed the trailer delivering the Wall as the flag-bearers, an honor they did not take lightly.

"Able to touch the Wall and stuff is like a healing process you can't imagine," Karriker said. "You get to see all these gentlemen that went and fought overseas, over in Vietnam. You get to see all their emotions. You can't help but cry with them." 

The Wall is a three-quarter-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and once assembled will stand at 7.5 feet tall and 375 feet long for community members to engage with until Sunday.

For many veterans and citizens alike, it's a time of remembrance, and in some cases healing, as those who visit the Wall will have the ability to touch the names of those who were lost in the Vietnam War.

Those who served in other U.S. wars will be paying their respects as well, like Air Force Veteran William Reeder.

""I wanted to thank all the Vietnam veterans that are out there watching this," Reeder said. "And I wanted them to know that because of the way that they were treated -- poorly -- they made certain that guys like me who came back from other wars were not treated the same way."

Reeder says he would not be where he is today without the ultimate sacrifices made by those in Vietnam.

We also have more details and the full schedule in this story, and spoke earlier with one of the hostesses of the Wall's visit.

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8 Comments

  1. Even though Bend has the largest population in eastern Oregon those responsible for selecting sites where the Wall would be respected knew not to consider Bend. Taking into account it’s changed leftist demographic that blames every bad deed in the world on the United States

  2. Why do people like you insist on bringing negativity to everything? Why can’t you just let it be that La Pine has the honor of hosting the wall? You and people like you are the problem with the world, you just have to put a negative spin on anything good. Disgusting.

    1. Yep, totally spineless decision and a disgrace to the bravery of those listed on the wall. Perhaps cadet bonespurs will show up and set things straight.

  3. Definitely were trying to avoid possible scenarios of vandalism, peacekeeper protests, homeless situations, and any sort of clash between the groups above and the people that show up to pay respect.

    1. That’s not right at all, TRUMP4LIFE. The liberals I know (and I know and am related to quite a number) feel the very worst about how us ‘Namvets were treated when we came home because they may have been a part of the treatment. They have just been cast adrift by the new Democrat party which is the entity that hates America and especially hates vets. Be nice to your liberal neighbors because they are mostly very nice people whose political party has been hijacked.

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