Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall offers healing for veterans

2 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, September 24 2015 Sep 24, 2015 Thursday, September 24, 2015 1:24:00 PM CDT September 24, 2015 in News
By: Alyssa Casares, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall arrived in Jefferson City Thursday.

The moving wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C, and displays 58,307 names.

Pat Rowe-Kerr is the assistant event coordinator, and helped bring the moving wall back to Jefferson City.

"We've been working on bringing the wall here for over a year," Kerr said. "It has every name written on it from the beginning, and it has the additional names that have been added to it over the years."

This is the second time the wall has come to Jefferson City, and the second time Don Hentges, who is the president of the Jefferson City Veterans Council and Vietnam War veteran, has seen it.

"When we did this in 2005, I didn't want to do it because I was scared of the wall," Hentges said. "I guess I just didn't want to face it. I lost a very good friend. The day that I was wounded, he died. And I just tried to forget it."

But Hentges said he will never forget.

"He went with me on patrol that day," Hentges said. "I tried to have him stay back because I had taken him out of an ambush the night before. But he said I want to go with you in case you need me, and he died."

Hentges said he held his friend in his arms when he lost his life.

"I promised him I would do everything that I could to make sure he was never forgotten," Hentges said. "That's what drives me to do this."

Hentges visited the national memorial in D.C. six weeks before he saw the one in Jefferson City for the first time in 2005. 

"I walked around the mall area where all of the memorials are all day," Hentges said. "I just kept putting off going to the Vietnam Memorial. Finally about dark that evening I told her, my wife, I think I'm ready. And I wasn't. When I seen my friends name on the wall it was like somebody shot me."

Hentges said although it was difficult to see his friend's name, it helped him start healing.

"That helped," Hentges said. "The wall does heal."

Kerr said bringing the wall to Jefferson City offers veterans, Vietnam-era veterans, widows and widowers a healing opportunity.

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Power was restored to 1,922 Columbia customers, according to Columbia Water & Light. The outage affected customers... More >>
48 minutes ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 10:35:00 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — A Cape Girardeau man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for shooting... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 8:00:30 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Three years after picking up a disc for the first time, Cynthia Riccotti is thriving in her quest... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 6:25:00 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
TIPTON - A family is trying to recover after losing everything in a house fire, and with help from the... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 5:20:00 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A boil advisory is in affect for Water Supply District No. 10 in Boone County. According... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 5:18:00 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - A Kansas City woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal car crash in Camden County... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 4:48:00 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Area educators are opening up the topic of teen suicide for discussion after seeing deaths rise... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 4:07:38 PM CST December 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The first ever "Christmas Countdown" Sunday is giving Jefferson City an opportunity for some last minute Christmas... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, December 17 2017 Dec 17, 2017 Sunday, December 17, 2017 9:21:00 AM CST December 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — Police say they have arrested a man charged in an August quadruple homicide that occurred in... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:15:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
NEW BLOOMFIELD - A two-vehicle car wreck Saturday left one dead and two others injured, according to the Missouri State... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:15:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - An event in Columbia today addressed the prevalence of gun violence and misuse of firearms by offering gift... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:04:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – A six-year-old held a hot chocolate stand Saturday outside of a Hy-Vee in Jefferson City to help two... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 6:51:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Wyss Medical Foundation donated $2 million to the Missouri Orthapaedic Institute for the work of lead orthopaedic... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 5:05:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - On Friday, the Columbia Police Department inducted eight new recruits, the largest class of officers in years. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 4:03:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – A new roundabout may be coming to Columbia on one intersection that may cause drivers trouble. The... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:55:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
JACKSONVILLE - An estimated 400 people attended a wreath laying ceremony Saturday at the Jacksonville State Veterans Cemetery. It... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:31:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Graduation day is long awaited by many and Amy Kiso Bledsoe is no exception. Bledsoe was... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:47:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As Missouri struggles with the epidemic of opioid abuse, no place in the state has been... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 1:10:14 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 45°
12am 44°
1am 43°
2am 42°
3am 42°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:05p
Sports Extra with Chris Gervino
11:35p
The Simpsons
12:05a
Inside Edition
11:00p
Adventure Scouts
1:00a
Family Guy
1:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Football Night in America
7:20p
Sunday Night Football
7:00p
The Christmas Bunny
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Family Guy