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Harvey Roach served in Vietnam from 1967 through 1969.

He remembers difficult days when he returned home to Georgia. 

“We were called baby killers, we were spit on, you name it,” said Roach.

He also remembers the lives lost- brothers and sisters he plans to honor by visiting the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Chatsworth.

“When they set the wall up, it's going to get emotional,” said Roach. 

Tim Tetz with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund says the traveling wall allows everyone who was touched by Vietnam to remember what happened 50 years ago. 

“This gives an opportunity for someone who lost a love one who served there, to pay their respects to their name and remember their sacrifice,” said Tetz.  

The wall constructed of powder-coated aluminum will make 35 stops through December.

Tetz says for some, the wall offers healing. 

“This is called: "The wall that heals." When our founder came up with the idea to build a national memorial for our Vietnam veterans he realized there would be some healing there, but didn't realize how much,” said Tetz. 

Tetz has been carrying the stories of people who served in Vietnam since 1999, including the four people from Murray County who died in the war.

He says the mobile wall gives those who haven't had the chance to visit the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C., the chance to honor the 58,307 men and women who died. 

“It gives an opportunity for family who loss a cousin or someone to come back in and tell the stories and say: "Hey remember we told you about uncle John? This is your uncle John's name and hear is what he did,” said Tetz.

When the memorial leaves Murray County, it will travel to Mobile, AL. The tour is a part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, founded to honor and preserve the legacy of service and educate all generations about the impact of the Vietnam War.

Here is the full touring schedule for The Wall That Heals Tour for the rest of 2016:

  • Mobile, AL: May 19 through May 22
  • Blythewood, SC: May 26 through May 30
  • Virginia Beach, VA: June 2 through June 5
  • Bristol, CT: June 9 through June 12
  • Timonium, MD: June 18 through June 19
  • Mahomet, IL: June 23 through June 26
  • West Valley, UT: June 30 through July 4
  • Pueblo, CO: July 7 through July 10
  • Downingtown, PA: July 28 through July 31
  • Flora, IN: August 4 through August 7
  • Madison, WI: August 11 through August 14
  • West Springfield, MA:  August 18 through August 21
  • Princetown, NY: August 25 through August 28
  • Georgetown, DE: September 1 through September 4
  • Burton, OH: September 8 through September 11
  • St. Ignace, MI: September 15 through September 18
  • Richmond, IN: September 22 through September 25
  • Urbandale, IA: September 29 through October 2
  • Owasso, OK: October 13 through October 16
  • West Haven, CT: October 20 through October 23
  • New Milford, CT: October 27 through October 30
  • Leominster, MA: November 3 through November 6
  • Uncasville, CT: November 10 through November 13
  • Woodstock, GA: November 16 through November 20
  • Groveland, FL: December 8 through December 11

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