With a grand procession, the Wall That Heals arrives in Dare County

By on November 14, 2023

Greeting the motorcycle escort leading the Wall That Heals into Manteo. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The Wall That Heals as it arrives in Manteo. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Vietnam Veteran Joe Hawkins watches as the Wall That Heals passes through Manteo. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Gathering at the Manteo Baptist Church. It was especially important that the children are there to help them understand how important service is. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Two Vietnam Vets and a friend. (LtoR) Eddy Peartree, veteran; Jimmy Givens, friend; Joe Hawkins, veteran. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Wall That Heals truck driver, Robert Jones. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The escort riders gather around the truck that moves the Wall That Heals. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
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Greeting the motorcycle escort leading the Wall That Heals into Manteo. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The Wall That Heals as it arrives in Manteo. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Vietnam Veteran Joe Hawkins watches as the Wall That Heals passes through Manteo. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Gathering at the Manteo Baptist Church. It was especially important that the children are there to help them understand how important service is. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Two Vietnam Vets and a friend. (LtoR) Eddy Peartree, veteran; Jimmy Givens, friend; Joe Hawkins, veteran. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Wall That Heals truck driver, Robert Jones. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
The escort riders gather around the truck that moves the Wall That Heals. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
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The Wall That Heals made a grand entrance into Dare County today accompanied by an impressive procession of motorcycles. In fact, the ride that began in Columbia was, according to officials from the Wall That Heals, the largest escort of the exhibit that they have witnessed.

The Wall That Heals is a three-quarters replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC and is a moving exhibit whose purpose, according to the Vietnam Memorial Fund website, is “to honor and preserve the legacy of service and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War.”

Among the spectators lining US 64 through Manteo were a number of Vietnam War Veterans for whom the procession clearly stirred up memories.

“Anywhere you’d go over there, it was tough,” Bud Hendrix recalled.  Hendrix was a Ranger whose unit was “designated to control the Cambodian border and Ho Chi Minh Trail.”

The Wall, which arrived here on Tuesday Nov. 14, will be at the Nags Head Event Site through Sunday, Nov. 19. The official opening of the exhibit will be on Thursday, Nov. 16, but when the Wall arrived for its stay Tuesday, the escort riders gathered around it.

Barry (Fuzzy) Holt from Wanchese explained that seeing the wall and what it represents can be painful and difficult. “There were some brothers I talked to to try to get them out here,” he said. But they didn’t come and, he explained that he could understand that.

“The first time I saw the Wall I was hesitant. I stayed away from it. I was on the grounds, but I didn’t get up close to it that time…I made one quick pass, but at a distance,” he said. “And I think I’m still seeing that guys don’t want to go and break down and cry.”

The official opening ceremony for the Wall That Heals will be at 10:00 a.m. Nov 16. It will be on display until the closing ceremony at 1:45 p.m. on Nov. 19. The Wall will be available for viewing at all times throughout its time at the Event Site.


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Comments

  • Proud to live here

    The motorcycle escort was thrilling to watch, and I am sure that those who visit the Wall that Heals will find it to be a very meaningful experience. However, I wish the event was more welcoming to those who may not be religious or who may have different faith traditions – the sheer number of Christian crosses on the grounds is off-putting. I don’t think this should be a religious event, but rather a community event for all.

    Thursday, Nov 16 @ 9:34 am
  • Grandyguy

    Proud-
    I’ll pray for you.

    Thursday, Nov 16 @ 10:14 am
  • Dethrol

    Don’t you dare try to project your personal, divisive, and ridiculous standards on this event. The saying goes (and has at least been proven in my experience) that there are no atheists in foxholes. If the event doesn’t comport with your ideas about how to recognize the sacrifices of the servicemembers and their families, just stay away. I assure you, as a veteran and the descendant of veterans, including a number who served in Vietnam, you won’t be missed. Otherwise, come on out and join us and choose your own way to honor these sacrifices.

    Thursday, Nov 16 @ 3:12 pm
  • BooSue

    Some people will find anything to cause controversy or be offended . The point is these brave men served when called upon and lost their lives. We are honoring them.
    They sacrificed their lives. I’m sorry crosses bother “proud to live here”

    Thursday, Nov 16 @ 3:51 pm
  • Glenn Roessler

    Loved the crosses and all the flags…beautiful & moving exhibit. Thankful the wall came to our small beach town. Many thanks to all the volunteers at the site sharing wonderful information about the memorial. Thanks again!

    Thursday, Nov 16 @ 8:29 pm
  • Patty O'Sullivan

    The crosses are there in hopes that people who have lost their veteran loved ones will write their names on them in permanent marker so that when the Wall travels around the country each year the crosses will be on display to show the country how many of our beloved veterans were lost whether it was from combat or agent orange after effects. The white cross is supposed to be representative of the crosses in Arlington Cemetery.

    Thursday, Nov 16 @ 9:28 pm
  • Terry Gray

    Had the opportunity to write the name of my cousin who passed as a result of Agent Orange he was exposed to in Vietnam and came home, battled that awful condition and died, on one of the many crosses at the Wall that Heals.
    What a great way to involve the whole community by adding the crosses to the display. It was a beautiful experience and one I took a lot of pride in by adding his name.

    Saturday, Nov 18 @ 7:45 am