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Residents turn out for Wall That Heals

Some 8,700 people visit Wall in JC



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Wall That Heals – the traveling replica of Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. – has come and gone but it touched a lot of people.

The Wall itself is a 250-foot replica with a mobile Education Center. At the display it had a revolving list of the names inscribed who were from Georgia. Many had photos of the soldiers as well.

During its short stay March 30-April 2, it was estimated that 8,700 visitors experienced the exhibit.

That total includes:

• 125 students (in groups)

• 1,350 Vietnam vets  

• Another 7,000 families and comrades

On its way into town, the Wall That Heals received a cheering welcome from students and patriots who lined the sidewalks as it passed by with its escort of vehicles and motorcycles.

There were 83 vehicles participating in the escort.  

“The total visitor count puts The Wall among the largest events of 2017,” said Johns Creek Special Projects Coordinator Gran Hickey.

Johns Creek was also “extremely” generous. Visitors in Johns Creek donated far more than average and among the highest in the exhibit’s totals.  

“Your efforts and programs were models for other events,” Wall officials wrote.

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