Mobile Vietnam Memorial opening in downtown Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) --- The rumble of engines bounced off the Battleship Wisconsin in downtown Norfolk Wednesday morning.

A fleet of motorcycles donning American flags escorted a large, green tractor trailer into the Nauticus parking lot.

It will soon become a history museum in Town Point Park.

The truck holds The Wall that Heals. It’s a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall that stands in Washington DC.

“That wall means a lot to me,” said Army veteran Donald Sprouse.

Sprouse spent three tours in Vietnam in the late 60’s.

Like many soldiers during that time, he lost close friends.

“I have a friend whose name is on that wall,” said Sprouse.

The wall be open to the public 24 hours a day for three days starting Thursday.

The mobile museum will depart Norfolk on April 23rd.

There’s also an exhibit on the outside of the tractor trailer with pictures and letters sent to and from service members during the war.

“It means a lot to a lot of people,” said Vietnam veteran Roy Hankinson. “Opens their eyes.”

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