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The Wall That Heals honors from Tri-State community

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Vietnam vet Frank Richey stands at the wall on Wednesday night. Vietnam vet Frank Richey stands at the wall on Wednesday night.
SPENCER CO., IN (WFIE) -

Opening ceremonies were held on Wednesday night for a traveling exhibit to commemorate thousands of military men and women killed in the Vietnam War. 

It may not be in Washington D.C., but to all who see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica, it's still the real thing. 

"There's so many people in America. They can't go to see the real wall, so I wanted to bring this wall to Grandview," Vietnam vet Frank Richey said. 

For Richey, there's a saying that when you touch the wall, the wall touches you.

"It hits me hard, it hits me hard. I did not do this for me. I did this here for my community, first my veterans and my community," Richey said.
   
Richey says it was a far-fetched idea to bring The Wall That Heals traveling exhibit to his hometown, But it is standing there now, on the anniversary of 9/11.
 
It holds more than 58,000 names of those who didn't come home.
 
"I was the one who came back, but this is my opportunity to go back and see the ones that gave their lives," Vietnam vet Sam Tuley said.

"How lucky can we get? Other people get the wall on Father's Day, on Veterans' Day, but 9/11 means a lot," Richey said.
   
The ball field off Walnut Street held a big crowd for the opening ceremony, giving a time to reflect and a time to heal.

"It was really thrilling to come back, but I know the names on that wall didn't get to do what I did and this is my contribution to them," Tuley said.  

The Wall That Heals will be on display in Grandview 24 hours a day through Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

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