More than 10,000 visit 'The Wall That Heals' in Crivitz

Published: Sep. 1, 2018 at 5:22 PM CDT
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More than 10,000 visitors have come to 'The Wall That Heals' in Crivitz since Thursday. Visitors are getting closure and paying their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

'The Wall That Heals' is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The wall displays more than 58,000 names of those who gave their lives during the Vietnam War, and 1,500 names of unaccounted service members.

"I mean we've had people from all over the United States, it's a moment of healing, just to be able to touch that name of a friend or a relative. My classmate is on that wall and I’m able to walk up and say goodbye," said John Deschane, Crivitz Village President.

Vietnam veteran Howard Conforti, is a volunteer from Crivitz, he’s helping others find the names they're looking for. Conforti says, it's an emotional time for him.

"It's a great deal, I mean it's very emotional because people are trying to find names of those that are not here with us today, but it's rewarding," Conforti says.

For non-veterans, it's still a chance to pay their respects.

"My oldest sister who graduated in 1967 lost a classmate and I wanted to make sure that I got here to pay my respects to him, and to all of the other servicemen in our area who gave their lives," said Deb Zelenak, who grew up in Crivitz during the Vietnam War.

'The Wall That Heals' is a community effort, with more than 300 volunteers helping.

Hundreds joined Governor Scott Walker in a ceremony at the wall Saturday morning, honoring those unaccounted for.

"I just think it's a wonderful thing, it shows how a small town coming together can really make a difference and particularly not just for the community and the region as a whole, but for all the Vietnam Veterans. This is just one more compelling way to say thank you to a group of our veterans who in many cases weren't given the proper thanks,” said Governor Scott Walker.

‘The Wall That Heals’ opened up to the public Thursday morning and is available for viewing 24-hours a day, regardless of weather conditions. Those who did not get a chance to stop in can still do so up until 3 p.m. Sunday.