The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., has been on a visit to Eloy and Casa Grande. It stopped first in Eloy and has been set up in Casa Grande’s Dave White Regional Park for 24-hour viewing since Thursday. With a closing ceremony set for 2 p.m. Sunday and a 3 p.m. shutdown of the exhibit, it will depart after having been seen and appreciated by countless people.
A special exhibit featuring “Hometown Heroes,” Pinal County residents who died in the war and have their names memorialized on the Wall, is a touching and poignant reminder. Vietnam was a long battle during the otherwise Cold War for which most of the warriors did not receive proper thanks and respect for years. Yet it certainly was a key part of a life-and-death struggle against international Communism that could have spread much farther in Asia.
The organization Honoring, Hiring, Helping our Heroes of Pinal County, led by Kim Vandenberg, arranged for the visit and with that provided a great service to all veterans and the community at large. Many veterans groups got involved and have participated in various ways. The effort started with a need to raise about $10,000 to pay the cost.
Most Vietnam veterans are retired now, and if they have not passed on already, some have devoted much time to helping people remember a challenging yet moving and important part of American history. Their effort has meant a healing experience for many.
The HOHP organization has done much to help all veterans, many of them needing assistance in various ways. HOHP and everyone involved in the effort to bring The Wall That Heals to Pinal County deserve credit. And that also goes for the work they do every day to honor those who have done so much for our country, whether they are living or dead.