The Wall that Heals visits Wamego

WAMEGO, Kan. (WIBW) -- A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is making a stop in Wamego.

Over 58,000 names are engraved into a 3/4 scale model of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

"We bring it around to communities that wouldn't otherwise get to Washington D.C. to visit it,” Dean Murphy, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Site Manager, said. “At every stop we will have families, friends, brothers, sisters and mothers that will come out and they are seeing their loved ones name for the very first time."

For four days, the wall will be open 24 hours a day for people to visit.

The Wall That Heals mobile exhibit has traveled to over 600 cities around the country since 1996.

Douglas Anspaugh lives 10 miles away from Wamego and is a volunteer helping with the memorial. His uncle, Robert Anspach, was killed in the Vietnam War.

"My uncle was there September 11, 1967, he took a bullet to the head,” Anspaugh said. “And unfortunately, his body is not recovered. He is still there."

Anspaugh hopes now, even his children will be able to feel the healing power that he does.

"I don’t have anything to show other than a picture or two to my children,” Anspaugh said. “The ability to be able to bring them 10 miles to show them this memorial, to show them my uncle’s name, their ancestor's name on this wall, is at least tremendously healing for me."

He said it is even more special that he is able to volunteer and help put the wall together.

"It means a lot,” Anspaugh said. “It’s almost as moving as when I was in D.C. and saw it for the very first time."

The memorial also includes an education center with over 400,000 items from the Vietnam War that can only be seen with the traveling exhibit.

The opening ceremony will be Thursday at 10 a.m.