Welcome ceremony for the Wall that Heals held at Columbus Public Library

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Veterans and others throughout the community spent their Thursday morning honoring those who fight for our freedom.

The welcome ceremony for the Wall that Heals was held at the Columbus Library this morning in celebration of the 250 foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

The goal is to bringing comfort to those who can't visit the nation's capital. We spoke with Dr. Thomas Peavy who served in Vietnam from 1965 until1967.

Peavy retired from the Navy Reserve after 25 years of service, and tells us ceremonies like this one provide healing.

"There's hardly a day that I don't recall some aspect of what I experienced," said Peavy. "I've learned to appreciate these experiences."

Peavey says for him, seeing the wall that heals does not remind him difficult times, but instead of his ability to recover and persevere.

The wall will be at the Columbus Library on Macon Road for public to visit until Sunday at 5 p.m.

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