EDEN, NY - Over 35,000 visited the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall while it passed through Eden, and Sunday, the closing ceremonies were held.
Members of the American Legion where the wall was stationed hoped the wall would bring closure to those veterans who came to visit.
Jim Blidy, the commander of American Legion Post 880, was very happy with the turnout. "The community's been great. Western New York's been great. People coming from Canada, Pennsylvania, Ohio... it's been unbelievable," said Blidy.
The traveling wall brought some closure to one visitor, Karen Murrett. Karen's brother was killed in Vietnam when she was just 16 years old.
Karen's brother, David Harold Finger, was 23 years old. "I got to touch base with many people who knew my brother, and I've learned that it's been 43 years but many people remember him," said Karen.
Karen's visited the real wall in Washington D.C. but says this experience was much more touching. "This is where we all grew up," Karen said. "It would be like coming home again."
The wall's next stop is Mexico, NY on July 25 and East Meadow, NY on August 1.