Wall That Heals opens at Vets Rock

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — For Roberta Delgado Vincent June 10, 1969 is a day forever set in stone.

“You never expect to hear the news or to receive a telegram stating that your loved one has been killed,” said Delgado Vincent.

Roberta’s husband, Robert L. Howard, is one of more than 58,000 names on the Wall That Heals, a moving tribute to the Vietnam Memorial. Robert was killed in action, leaving behind his wife and four year old son.

“When you see the wall and you see the names you know how many lives have been touched,” said Roberta.

Now through Sunday the wall will sit in the Winter Parking Lot at Mohegan Sun. It was brought in as part of this year’s Vets Rock Event.

“We have tremendous folks here today that have fought our nation’s fight and continue to do so,” said Justin Nash, founder of Til Duty is Done and Vets Rock.

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Rob Simmons is now First Selectman for Stonington. He says the wall is a way to honor those who waited years to receive proper recognition for their service.

“I was sent to Vietnam. I spent almost two years in country and returned back to a divided country that blamed the veterans for the war,” said Simmons.

Since 1996 the wall has traveled to more than 400 towns and cities across the country. It’s a half size replica that for many triggers full size emotion.

“The Vietnam War seemed pretty far away but coming here today and seeing a friend’s brother’s name on the wall made it a little too close to him. Kevin Flaherty,” said Nancy McCrary who was in attendance for the opening.

For more information about Vets Rock, click here.

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