Replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial open in Gardiner
GARDINER (WGME) – A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is open in Gardiner through the weekend.
Gardiner is one of the first cities to see the new wall.
It's seven and a half feet high, and longer than a football field, with the names of more than 58,000 who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
A new feature to the wall this year is name rubbings, where friends and family members of individuals on the wall can trace the name with pencil and keep the paper as a keepsake.
The wall honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during Vietnam.
The mobile exhibit serves as an opportunity for those to see one of the most visited memorials in Washington, D.C., without having to travel to the nation’s capital.
The Wall of Healing has been to 600 communities in the United States.
Maine Vietnam Veteran David Gibbs says he knows more than a dozen names on the wall.
"I was one of the blessed ones that came home alive with all my fingers and toes,” Gibbs said. “I have injuries inside of me but not on the outside. So, it has been a healing time."
The exhibit will be at the Gardiner common until Sunday. It is open 24 hours a day for visitors.