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Traveling war memorial in Colonial Heights

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) -

A replica of the Vietnam Wall in D.C. is right here in central Virginia but if you want to get a look at it you have to act fast.

"These are real people, loved ones, families," said veteran Robert Thompson. 

For the last week people have come from all across the area to get a good look at this wall.

"It brings back memories, some guys on there I know," veteran Archie Steele said.

For Steele it also brings a lot of emotion.

"It just make me feel sad," he added.

He spent more than two decades serving in the Army.

"20 years, 8 months and 21 days," Steele said.

This wall is considered sacred and it gives those who may not have the opportunity  to make it to D.C. the chance to have the experience and pay their respects.

"These gentleman and ladies have died so this is like coming to a cemetery", said Thompson.

The 250 foot replica is traveling around the country.

Since May 28th it has been in the parking lot of South Park Mall in Colonial Heights.

The exhibit is called "The Wall that Heals" and so far more than 2 million people across the U.S. have visited.

So far it has made stops in more than 200 cities.

"I think it's helpful for it to travel like this," Thompson told us.

But time is almost up. The wall will only be here until June 1st.

"I encourage you to come see it and realize not just the Vietnam War. We have other wars that people sacrificed and died for and we need to remember our freedom is not free," he added.

The "Wall that Heals" is located outside the Dick's Sporting Goods and Regal Cinema's at South Park Mall. It is open 24 hours and absolutely free.

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