Citizens pay respect as The Wall That Heals passes through West Jeff

West Jefferson Mayor Ray Martin stands with Vietnam War veteran Edward Hunter as they await The Wall That Heals caravan. Hunter said the rain shower that day was nothing compared to the rains in Vietnam.

(Posted May 27, 2021)

By Jeff Pfeil, Staff Photographer

A tractor trailer carrying The Wall That Heals made its way through West Jefferson via U.S. Route 40 on the afternoon of May 26. A brief rain shower did not discourage area residents from lining the street to show their respect.

The Wall That Heals is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. and a mobile education center. Each year since 1996, the exhibit has gone on tour across the country. This year, three of the 28 tour stops are in Ohio.

On May 26, the caravan was on its way to the exhibit’s next stop at the National Veterans Memorial & Museum in Columbus. The Wall That Heals exhibit will be open to visitors around the clock starting May 28 and ending at 2 p.m. May 31.

Admission is free at all tour stops. There is a small parking fee at the Columbus stop. Visitors are welcome day or night. Volunteers man the display at all hours.

For the full 2021 schedule and more details, visit

Jude Leone, 1, holds an American flag as he waits for tractor trailer carrying The Wall That Heals to come through West Jefferson.
The West Jefferson Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association escorted the tractor trailer carrying The Wall That Heals as it traveled from West Jefferson to the National Veterans Memorial & Museum in Columbus for a weekend display.
The Wall That Heals tractor trailer passes through downtown West Jefferson.


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