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Our Thoughts: A Grand Weekend
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One of the most sober and touching memorials to our fallen war heroes is often simply called the Wall. Located in Washington D.C., this memorial to American veterans who died on Vietnamese soil was unveiled under much controversy in 1982, but the starkness and reality of the memorial touched visitors in so many ways that it today is one of the revered and visited monuments in our Capital City.

If you have never had the opportunity to visit the Wall, you can now.

We are blessed to have The Moving Wall - a traveling replica of the Wall - right here in Conyers-Rockdale County at the Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial in Black Shoals Park in north Rockdale.

We humbly suggest that you take your whole family and take a few minutes to walk from the beginning of the wall to the end. Please make sure you bring a hankie or two because if you can make this walk without shedding a tear, you're a very cold person.

The wall contains over 50,000 names. One or two or more might have been someone you knew; if so you won't be able to resist just touching their name and thinking some special thoughts.

We are going this weekend and I'm going to say hello to my friend Carl Dean, a great young man who never received the chance enjoy life the way we have.

God Bless our Vietnam Veterans. May this memorial and its replica make it so that we never forget their sacrifice.

God Bless you, Carl Dean.