NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- It’s been all over the country and this weekend it’s in Newport News. It’s the Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C., only half the size. It’s currently on display until Monday outside the Virginia War Museum.
Patricia Rowley fought to hold back the tears as she touched her father’s name Friday. Colonel Charles Rowley is one of more than 58,000 names on the wall. Each one has their own story.
“He was in the Airforce, he was shot down on April 22, 1970,” said Rowley.
Patricia said seeing his name on the wall fuels a wide range of emotion.
“I’m honored, I think he would be honored, I’m sad, I’m happy that he is memorialized in some way,” said Rowley.
TC Panecaldo has never been to the memorial in Washington. She is so grateful it came to her. She was there to remember her first boyfriend, David Abbot.
“We were dating when he went to Vietnam,” said Panecaldo. “And it was more overwhelming than what I thought when I saw his name on the wall and God Bless every veteran.”
Anthony McCray was just a toddler when his father was killed in Vietnam. He said it’s comforting to meet others in his own community that know what he’s going through.
“Gives you that time that you may be able to share my story as well as them share their story about their loved ones,” said McCray.
For many the wall is even better than the one in Washington because it’s like bringing our heroes home.
“I did not see the wall in Washington D.C. so I wanted to come by and see this I lost a lot of friends from Warwick High School,” said Vietnam Veteran Rick Thomasson.