There are $58,315 names etched into the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall.
Those names represent the men and women who died in the Vietnam War. To date, there are still over 16,000 soldiers missing in action.
From today until the 30th, a replica wall and educational center are available to Quad Cities residents.
The replica represent the original memorial wall in Washington D.C.
It’s part of an intiative by WQPT-PBS Quad Cities called “Embrace Our Military.”
Raymond Torres is a Vietnam Veteran and the keynote speaker at today’s opening ceremony. Torres hopes sharing his story will remind other Veterans that they are not alone.
“When Veterans see other Veterans who have been through the same situation they can see well he can do it, I can do it, they can do it,” said Torres.
The replica wall is 250 feet long with 24 individuals panels. Each panel has six columns of names, ranging in age from 15 to 62.
Former Silvis Mayor, Lyle Lohse, had a chance to remember his cousin, whose one of the thousands of names etched on the wall.
“I think he’d be very proud of his service and being recognized. So many people are coming and recognizing what he gave for this country and I think he would be proud of that,” said Lohse.
You can find more information about the Wall that Heals here