Vietnam veterans bring a special part of their history back to their hometown in Sycamore, IL.
A procession of motorcycles adorned with American flags arrive at East Sycamore Park, to mark the arrival of a historic symbol. On it, 58,000 names of those who died in service to our nation during the Vietnam war, engraved on a 250 foot wall built to resemble the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. Veterans call it The Wall that Heals.
19 of those names belong to soliders from Dekalb County, Lonnie Scojan served with them in Vietnam. He said, “I think, when you stop and think, for the grace of God you could be on that. I can’t really put it into words.”
In the coming days, families of those whose names are engraved into this wall will tape photos on them, and place memorials below. For Scojan, those photos bring home a stark reality about the bravery of those who served in Vietnam. He added, “I think one of the things, when you put a picture with a name out there, you notice just how young they were. 19 and 21 years old.”
This will be the third year that Sycamore gets the Wall that Heals. It has come once every decade beginning in 1997. By bringing the wall back, the Dekalb County Veterans Tribute Group hopes that people will learn more about those that served their country in a war that’s often misunderstood.
Steven Kreitzer, Chairman of Dekalb County Veterans Tribute Group said, “What I really hope that people do is they’ll find a name on the wall, go home and research what that veteran did for our country. A lot of people don’t realize what the price of freedom truly is.”
The Wall that Heals will be in Sycamore, IL from July 13th to July 16th.