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Editorial: Taps

Posted: May 7, 2018 4:35 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2018 1:00 a.m.

We have a few final final thoughts on The Wall That Heals, the mobile Vietnam War memorial that was in Camden from last Wednesday until Sunday afternoon.

First, what a profoundly moving experience! We cannot imagine anyone walking away from that place with a dry eye. No matter where that Wall is placed, that ground becomes sacred ground.

Second, what an amazing, unifying force for good The Wall That Heals truly is. Any time of day or night, the entire time it was here, there were people -- lots of people -- there to pay respects, to reach out in common bond, to bask in the glow of what it means to be an American. As it turns out, more than 14,000 people visited The Wall That Heals while it was here -- twice what was expected and far more than many cities and towns much larger than Camden.

Those who came to volunteer, from cub scouts and high school students to local veterans and citizens who just felt the call, really went all out for it. Once again, a major shout out to all who made this possible and all who rolled up sleeves and pitched in while it was here.

It is clear that The Wall That Heals does what it is meant to do – people find solace, closure, comfort. They rediscover the core of patriotism, the joy of being a member of a community and of a people who, despite differences, truly know how and when to show love and caring. Wherever The Wall That Heals goes, healing and unity follows.

Finally, a final salute and thanks to those whose names are on the Wall. We owe you our lives and our way of life. We will never forget you.

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