‘I pray that the Wall will bring healing’

By on November 17, 2023

Craig Clark traces the name of a fallen comrade at the Wall That Heals. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Barry (Fuzzy) Holt. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Rear Admiral Shannon Gilreath, Commander Fifth Coast Guard District. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Chris Kelley Cimko, daughter of Marine General PX Kelley the 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Chaplain Cherri Wheeler reading They, a poem by Dare Count Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Wally Overman, dedicated to his cousin Glenn Overman. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Coast Guard Lt. Emma Saunders helping Ginger Wise get a rubbing of her uncle’s name. (LtoR) Charlotte Ashe, Ginger Wise, Lt. Emma Saunders. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
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Craig Clark traces the name of a fallen comrade at the Wall That Heals.  (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Barry (Fuzzy) Holt.  (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Rear Admiral Shannon Gilreath, Commander Fifth Coast Guard District.  (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Chris Kelley Cimko, daughter of Marine General PX Kelley the 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps. (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Chaplain Cherri Wheeler reading They, a poem by Dare Count Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Wally Overman, dedicated to his cousin Glenn Overman.  (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
Coast Guard Lt. Emma Saunders helping Ginger Wise get a rubbing of her uncle’s name. (LtoR) Charlotte Ashe, Ginger Wise, Lt. Emma Saunders.  (Photos by Kip Tabb/OBV)
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Emotions run high at Dare County ceremony for Vietnam War Memorial

The official opening ceremony for the Wall That Heals was held on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Soundside Event Park in Nags Head. It was an emotional day, one that recalled the ultimate sacrifice by the 58,220 men and women who did not return from Vietnam to their families, friends, and loved ones.

The Wall That Heals, a traveling three-quarters replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., arrived in Dare County by procession on Tuesday, Nov. 14 and will remain on exhibit until Sunday, Nov.19.

More than 550,000 men and women were deployed to Vietnam in the 18 years between 1955 when President Eisenhower first sent military advisors to the country and March 1973, when the last combat troops left Saigon.

It was a controversial war, a conflict that sparked some of the largest protests this nation has ever seen. It was a conflict that pitted generations against one another against the backdrop of thousands of men and women losing their lives or coming home broken in body and spirit.

“The whole war was somewhat of a tragedy,” Barry (Fuzzy) Holt of Wanchese told the audience in his remarks.

Perhaps the most troubling memory of the war was the way Veterans were treated when they returned home. Most were drafted and had no choice but to go, yet when they returned home, in many cases they were vilified and shunned—their participation in combat seen as tacit support for a policy that by the end of the war in 1973, was opposed by 60% of the country.

Rear Admiral Shannon Gilreath, Commander Fifth Coast Guard District addressed that directly in his remarks, thanking the families of those soldiers.

“You have changed the culture away from how you were treated when you came home to one honoring our veterans when they come back,” he said. “That wouldn’t have happened but for the experience that you had…That is not the right way to treat people who are sacrificing [themselves] for their country.”

“I pray that the wall will bring healing to those of us still carrying the burdens of your time in Vietnam, that your families will be able to help you,” guest speaker Chris Kelley Cimko said. Cimko’s father, Marine General PX Kelley, was the 28th Commandant of the Marine Corps.  The General PX Kelley Memorial Fund, founded by Cimko, contributed significant funds to bring the Wall That Heals to Dare County.

The opening ceremony ended with a reading of They, a poem by Dare County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Wally Overman dedicated to his cousin Glenn Overman. Read by Chaplain Cherri Wheeler, the poem traces the journey from induction to when they gave their last full measure.

It is at the Wall That Heals where some of the most emotional moments occur. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Emma Saunders was tall enough to help Kill Devil Hills resident Ginger Wise pay tribute to a relative whose name was high atop the Wall.

“This is the name of my uncle. He died in Vietnam. He was shot down…This will be a keepsake,” she said.

Craig Clark, leaned forward in his wheelchair to trace a name on the wall with his fingers. He talked about his friend Wormsey.

“I remember coming back from Vietnam. We had a little party at my parents’ house. And he was there, and he said, ‘Tell me about it because I’m going.’ And I said, ‘Just do what you have to do and keep your head down.’ I guess he did what he had to do, but he didn’t keep his head down,” Clark said.

Remaining Event Schedule

Friday, November 17, 2023

  • The Wall That Heals is open to the public 24 hours per day.
  • Candlelight Ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 18, 2023

  • The Wall That Heals is open to the public 24 hours per day.
  • Vietnam Veterans Walk to the Wall at 11 a.m.
    All Vietnam Veterans are invited to walk together from the Mobile Education Center to the Wall. This walk will be led by Vietnam Veteran Barry “Fuzzy” Holt. Please arrive at least five minutes early.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

  • The Wall That Heals is open to the public until 2 p.m.
  • Closing Ceremony at 1:45 p.m.
  • Volunteers begin wall breakdown at 2 p.m.

Dare County to Provide Free Hatteras Island Shuttle Service to The Wall That Heals


For more information, log on to https://www.darenc.gov/departments/health-human-services/veterans-services/the-wall-that-heals


BIDDER PRE-QUALIFICATION REQUEST:

Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


 



Comments

  • Greg

    I visited the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC. It is very moving and very sad to see the names of all who died. We must not forget those missing in action.

    Friday, Nov 17 @ 11:52 am
  • Glenn

    Beautiful exhibit and so thankful our little beach town was selected as one of the places to share the wall with local residents & visitors alike. Very moving…thanks to the volunteers who shared their time to answer so many questions. Wonderful event.

    Friday, Nov 17 @ 4:20 pm
  • Joan bond

    I was overwhelmed to see all thos names. I grew up when this war started. My brother was sent to fort sill after his wedding. Was able to return home safely only to die an agonizing death in 2013 from agent orange. Was glad to see they have finally recognized the after affects of that chemical . God bless all you folks

    Saturday, Nov 18 @ 9:21 am