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The Wall That Heals Arrives in Ocean View

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OCEAN VIEW, Del. - The  Wall That Heals will be set up in 34 locations across the country this year. VFW 7234 in Ocean View is the 28th stop. More than 100 Vietnam War Veterans from across Delmarva worked all day Wednesday to build it. 

The wall is 375 feet long and 7 1/2 feet high at its tallest point. That makes it a 3/4 sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington DC.

"This replica travels from about March to November each year," says Heidi Zimmerman with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. "We have been traveling since 1996."

The tractor trailer that carries The Wall That Heals to each destination turns into a mobile exhibit. Both the wall and the exhibit will be open to the public 24/7 Thursday through Sunday. 

"We are escorted in on Tuesdays and yesterday we started at the American Legion Post in Dover," says Zimmerman. "We had the state police in front and about 37 vehicles in our escort to bring us in."

"The Wall has our brothers and sisters on it and people we lost in Vietnam," says the VFW's Adjutant, Fulton Loppatto. "It's very important to us and hopefully it's very important to the community and people who lost people there."

Loppatto served in the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1971.

"There are 58,276 names up there of people who didn't return," says Dean Levering, who served from 1969 to 1971.

Hal Dietrech, who served from 1966 to 1968, says three of the names on the wall belong to his friends. "I'm very honored to put their names up there, the plaques on the wall."

"This view at night when they see the whole wall lit up and the bridge in the background will be amazing," says Levering.

The Wall That Heals will be open to the public following an opening ceremony Thursday at 10 a.m. A candlelit ceremony will take place Friday at 7 p.m. The names of Vietnam Veterans from Delaware, as well as Wicomico and Worcester counties will be read. A wreath laying ceremony will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. 

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