'The Wall that Heals' on display in Durant

DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - Hundreds of people have made their way to see the Wall that Heals in Durant, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

Over 58,000 names line the walls of The Wall that Heals.

Jefferson Watts of Pottsboro, an Army Veteran himself who served in Desert Storm, had one name on his mind he wanted to pay a visit to.

"Arthur was quite a guy. He was funny. He was compassionate. He loved people," said Watts.

Watts was looking for his high school friend Arthur McFarland, an Oklahoma City native and artillery officer in the United States Army.

"Came right out of high school, went to officer candidate school in 1966-67. Eventually, he was sent to Vietnam after he completed officer's basic, and he was killed in 1969," said Watts.

Since the temporary wall was put up Thursday, hundreds have come every day to pay their respects to the names on the wall.

"These people, the men and women on this wall, they gave their all and served in the military during a time when it was extremely unpopular," said Watts.

Watts says he hope those who visit the wall gain a new perspective for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so many years ago.

"They would feel some pride for America, and some renewed patriotism," said Watts.

The wall is open 24 hours a day, admission free, at the Durant multi sports complex until 3 p.m. Sunday.