A nice surprise … the Wall that Heals

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica at Barker’s Island in Superior, MN. (Lake Superior is in the background.)

Recently we traveled to Two Harbors to deliver our son’s vehicle to him. After lunch with he and his family, we headed to Duluth to spend a few hours before we returned home. We visit Duluth – and Lake Superior — as often as we can. I’m pretty sure we could conduct one heck of a visitor’s tour of the area.

One of our mandatory stops is Canal Park, often to visit the Canal Park Museum – this time to get the 2018 copy of Know Your Ships. (We are long-time dedicated Great Lakes shipping fans.) And, then, of course – the visit to the popcorn wagon, that sits in the parking lot area of the museum, is a must.

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Popcorn wagon in Canal Park, Duluth

We often also take  a quick ride across the Blatnik Bridge to the City of Superior to see the ships in port. This time we decided to see if anything had changed on Barker’s Island, home of the S S Meteor Whaleback Ship museum. (For more information on the museum, Click HERE.)

To our surprise, however, we found that The Wall that Heals Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Center was on display on the lawn and parking lot area of the museum.

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The following text, as stated on their web page, describes the purpose of the display.

“On Veterans Day 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 400 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions.

Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.”

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We arrived at the exhibit shortly before the day’s end; however, I was still able to peruse the displays in the mobile education center and walk most of the wall. My brother, and many of my friends and high school classmates, served in Vietnam so this was a very sobering experience for me, but it is well worth the visit should the exhibit come to an area near you.

For more information on the wall, Click HERE. 

Thanks for reading. I hope you will return. 

 

A very short touching story … about a Vietnam war veteran

Last night we went to the area cemeteries and watered flowers on the graves of family members. As we were leaving Lakeside Cemetery (Spencer Brook Township, Isanti County) we saw this figure of a priest along the road. As I was taking a photo of it, a man and his young children road up on their ATV. He explained that the ‘priest’ was there when he bought the property. It was placed there by the previous owner, a Vietnam war veteran, almost 20 years ago. Sadly, the veteran took his life by burning his house. The man on the ATV told me that he has touched up the ‘priest’ over the years and plans to leave the ‘priest’ there forever … in tribute to the veteran.

Isn’t it interesting how the man on the ATV appeared at just the right time to tell me the veteran’s story.

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