For many Vietnam War veterans, it's hard to put into words what The Wall That Heals means to them. It can be a painful trip down memory lane. "I went to the main air terminal and I saw all these silver boxes stacked as far as you could see high and wide and of course I didn't know if they had bodies in them or not and I thought, well, if they're gonna have," remembered Pat Gibbs, a Vietnam War veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps.
Enshrined on the traveling memorial are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who died or remain missing. "There's some people directly that I've wanted to get pictures of their names on there that I knew pretty much when and where they died," said Gibbs. "Something I think I kinda need to do. It'll give me some things to think about."
Name by name, Gibbs sifted through the sacrifices -- looking for the ones he remembered. "It's kinda overpowering in a way," said Gibbs. "A lot of good people died."
Gibbs calls his service a small price to pay compared to the sacrifices made his comrades and thousands more. Sacrifices that are brought to life in communities like Grandview -- offering reflection, closure, and healing.