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Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica arrives in Placentia

March 14, 2012 |  2:42 pm

A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that has been traveling the country for 16 years arrived this week in Placentia.     

The "Wall That Heals" is a half-scale replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C. The 250-foot long wall has been making its way to communities across the nation since 1996. It was in Orange for four days last year and will be in Riverside later this month.

The traveling memorial is accompanied by a small museum that displays photos of service members whose names are found on the wall, along with information about the war.

Betty Gillaspy and her husband Greg, a Vietnam veteran, helped bring the wall to Tri-City Park, a 40-acre park in Placentia, Fullerton and Brea.

“There's a lot of people who don't have the money and can't go to Washington D.C. to see the wall, and this is their opportunity," she said.

Gillaspy and her husband were inspired to help bring the wall to Placentia after they worked as volunteers when the wall was in Orange. She said she saw veterans from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan come to the exhibit.

"It’s for them to have some resolution," she said. "It’s very emotional."


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Photo: Paityn Thompson looks for the name of her great uncle, Pfc. Alfred Lee Davis , who was killed in action in 1966, during the opening ceremony  for "The Wall That Heals," a traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum,  at Tri-City Park in Placentia. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times