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SoVaNow.com / April 15, 2013The four-day stay of the “Wall That Heals” — the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial — attracted an estimated 2,000 visitors to Tuck Dillard Stadium as veterans and others paid their respects to those who lost their lives in the Southeast Asia conflict.
The Wall display — a half-scale replica of the Vietnam War memorial in Washington, D.C., five feet tall, stretching almost goal post to goal post across the football field — contains the names of those who died or went missing in the war, 58,282 names in all. Of those, 14 are Halifax County natives.
They are 1st Lt. Robert E Carmichael, 28, of Vernon Hill; Sergeant James W. Carr, 25, of Nathalie; Specialist Calvin Edmunds, 21, of Halifax; 1st Class Private Cecil Wayne Epps, 19, of Halifax; Specialist 4 Jimmy Anderson Ingram, 20, of Nathalie; Corporal Donald Wayne Tisdale, 21, of Nathalie; 1st Class Private Raymond Christopher Lawson, 19, of Virgilina; Sergeant Harvey Ray Neal, 20, of South Boston; Specialist 4 James Wallace Rudd, 20, of Halifax;, Specialist 4 James Edward Palmer, 23, of Halifax; Specialist 4 Henry Eugne Russell, 22, of South Boston; Sergeant Clem Spencer Lowery Jr., 26, of Chesapeake (a HCHS 1961 grad); Lance Corporal Ronald Charles Edwards, 19, of New Rochelle, N.Y.; and Lance Corporal Charley A. Wilborn, 22, Richmond
The Traveling Wall was opened to the public on Thursday with a memorial program at Tuck Dillard Stadium, and by Sunday afternoon, local sponsors of the exhibit said it had attracted an estimated 2,000 visitors, with more people pouring in after Sunday church services. The South Boston stopover came to a close last night with an Honor Guard salute at 7 p.m.
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