Traveling Vietnam Memorial creates emotional experience for families, vets

9NEWS @ 5. 9/18/2016

DACONO - Sunday marked the last day the traveling Vietnam Memorial would be in Dacono.

The replica wall travels the country as a way for those who may not be able to visit the real memorial in Washington D.C. can still pay homage to those who served.

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For veterans, it is an emotional experience.

For families, the wall has served as a lesson for younger generations like Ari Harrison and his daughter Ava.

Ari lives in Erie. His father, Cpt. Ellis Greene died in Cambodia when Ari was 6 months old.

“I asked my grandfather I said who's that man on the wall you have pictures of him everywhere,” Harrison said remembering the first time he inquired about his father. “He said that's your dad. He loved you very much.”

Ari has only learned about his father through those pictures and first-hand accounts from veterans that served alongside him.

“From what I’m told I look and act just like him,” Ari said. “I have pictures of him that I see here but I never heard him talk.”

Ari says walls like the traveling memorial help in learning more about his father. He grew up near Washington D.C, and attended the unveiling of the real memorial in 1982. He’s also made yearly trips to visit with his father’s comrades as well as friends to share memories and learn new ones he can pass along to his daughter.

“It’s important for her to know where she comes from,” he said. “Today [respect] doesn’t seem to be that deep-seeded.”

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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