Traveling replica of Vietnam Memorial Wall stops in Ada

By: Ashley Park Email
By: Ashley Park Email

ADA, OK -- The cold and rainy weather didn't stop people from coming out to ECU to honor Vietnam Veterans at a replica of the Vietnam Memorial wall.

ECU President John Hargrave says bringing the wall to campus is a special way to show Vietnam Veterans that they're appreciated.

"We are a very patriotic school," said President Hargrave. "We have war memorials for the other wars. we do not have any kind of war memorial for Vietnam veterans, and this gives us a chance to honor those students and those members of the community that served as well."

The wall is brought to locations across the country by the American Veterans Traveling Tribute - to honor and remember those who served.

Hargrave believes that Vietnam veterans did not receive enough support when the war ended, and local veteran, James Kercheval agrees.

"These Vietnam veterans just didn't get what they needed when they came home like the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have today, including myself," said Kercheval. "We had great ceremonies coming home and this is just a welcome home for them. This is something they should have gotten a long time ago when they first came back."

Kercheval believes the wall shows veterans, and the families who lost loved ones in the war, that the community cares.

ECU students say that appreciation should be shown more often.

"Oh I think it's a great thing," said ECU student, Laiken Knight. "I think we should honor our veterans every chance we get and this is a big part of that to actually see it and see all the people who laid down their lives for us."

The wall will be on display through May 5th.

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