WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Vietnam veterans in the Cape Fear Region want to see their memorial in Washington, D.C. and they hope some community support will get them there.
Wilmington's local chapter, 885, of the Vietnam Veterans of America is organizing a "Healing Wall Tour" to the nation's capitol.
Veteran Reid Mendenhall, who serves as the second Vice President for Chapter 885, said his own trip to the wall was difficult as an individual. The trip he's working on would bus up to 55 veterans to experience the Vietnam Memorial as a group.
"The support from the group brings everyone together," he said.
The men won't be traveling alone, according to Mendenhall. Family members are encouraged to accompany their loved ones who served overseas.
Eleanor Krassen Covan, the wife of a Vietnam vet and a UNCW professor who's worked closely with Chapter 885, said the proposed trip would help heal entire families.
"They're planning something that can only be described as a spiritual experience up at the wall," she said.
The "Healing Wall Tour" is set for the beginning of October, but Chapter 885 needs to raise about $9,000 long before that to make arrangements.
Given the success of the Honor Flight in Wilmington and the surrounding area, organizers of these event hope to experience the same kind of support.
Anyone wanting more information can contact 910-762-4288.
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