Vietnam Memorial Wall (Replica) in Cle Elum
The actual Vietnam Memorial Wall is in Washington D.C. However, this weekend it's going to be in Cle Elum, Washington. Organizers have gotten together to bring this replica wall here for veterans to see names of lost brethren.
"Yesterday when I saw this I'm glad there weren't a lot of people because I cried like a baby," said Navy Veteran Jack Frost as he looked at the wall.
Emotions over the replica Vietnam Memorial Wall have hit all ends of the spectrum. It started Wednesday in Cle Elum with joy as veteran motorcycle riders escorted the memorial display into town with a heroes welcome from a couple hundred residents lining the streets.
Michael Edgerly an Army veteran said,"seeing the flag draped across both fire trucks like that was really cool catching the trailer going through with the flag that was really cool too."
After the welcoming party the wall set up Thursday on Third Street. This has been something sixteen months in the making as the event organizer Jodi Larsen said, and its taken multiple organizations to get the display to Cle Elum.
"We did some research we found the organization that does it there's about six companies that do it but these guys truly have the Cadillac of the displays. It's the largest, the most comprehensive of all of America's conflicts."
There are other displays honoring all veterans of any American war as well as fallen police and firefighters, but the main attraction is the Vietnam display. Jack Frost has a much different story then most that visit the memorial to see a past relative or brother in arms.. he was there to see the name of someone that fits both of those descriptions..
"...I actually was in the service when my dad died. I went in '64-'68 Dad went in in '40."
Jack's dad saw both theaters of world war 2, the korean war, then was killed in vietnam...
"During that action he ended up on this wall...Right...There," Jack said as he pointed to his father's name on the wall.
Like many that visited the wall today, Jack takes joy in the fact they are able to see the memorial even if they can't make it to DC.
"I jumped at the chance, especially because i've never seen this thing. Saw it yesterday and it was impressive how simple and powerful.. it really is simple and you look at how many names are on here and you look at the figure like 59,000 names on here... I don't know... It's Rough..."