The Wall That Heals traveled through Thomson on its way to Lincolnton Tuesday. Patriot Guard Riders numbering close to 70 and some 25 vehicles were part of the parade that visited McDuffie County.
Close to 150 people were in the city limits to watch the parade and many more were along the route as it traveled from Sweetwater Park and down the Lincolnton Highway.
The Wall and a mobile Education center will be at the Curry Colvin Complex, 1972 Rowland-York Dr., through Sunday. The free displays will be open 24 hours. The Wall That Heals exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. The 53-foot trailer that carries The Wall That Heals transforms to become a mobile Education Center.
The exterior of the trailer features a timeline of "The War and The Wall" and provides additional information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Additional exhibits give visitors a better understanding of the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the collection of items left at The Wall.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Veterans Day in 1996. This year, an all-new mobile exhibit makes it debut.
In February, an all-new mobile exhibit was unveiled for the 2018 tour. The exhibit honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
There are six names on the wall from Thomson-McDuffie County. They are Thomas F. Case, Harold J. Crawford, John B. Gay, Fred D. Hart, Willie E. Mack, and Robert R. White Jr.