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06/12/07

"The Wall That Heals" is Now in Savannah

Escorts from all over Georgia made sure the memorial rolled in safely and with honor. Escorts from all over Georgia made sure the memorial rolled in safely and with honor.

The "Wall That Heals" is finally here in the Coastal Empire. The traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is now in Savannah.

But it didn't arrive in town quietly. Almost a hundred escorts from all over Georgia made sure the memorial rolled in safely and with honor.

It's something you don't see often at a truck weigh station, more than 100 motorcycles lined up along I-16 ready to pay tribute to some heroes. Ronnie Colson and Allen Harvey are two of those who spent their afternoon escorting the Healing Wall.

"We get a chance to honor our soldiers who have the ultimate sacrifice for our country that means a lot they were our brothers and we love them," said Colson.

"These are the men and women who gave us all our rights," said Harvey.

You'll find their names on the wall, a wall that remembers those who lost their lives in Vietnam.

Police stopped traffic all the way from Bryan County to Savannah as the motorcycles filled the interstate.

A proud patriotic moment that even some who aren't Vietnam veterans like David Linton wanted to be apart of.

"Out of respect for the guys who gave their lives," said Linton.

But of course there were dozens of Veterans here too. Vietnam veteran Ronnie Colson is painfully familiar with a lot of these names.

"I have a lot of friends on that wall a lot that didn't come home, but I try to honor everyone on that wall everyday who paid the supreme sacrifice to give us the freedoms we enjoy," said Colson.

And as they got off the highway, the bikers went slowly through the streets of Savannah escorting the names of the more than 58,000 men and women.

"Where ever this trailer goes it's a hallowed ground for us these are our brothers," said Harvey.

Vietnam veterans like James Crauswell who helped organize the Wall coming to Savannah, says having the Healing Wall in town is a true honor he'll never forget. "My hearts pounding I'm so excited," said Crauswell.

The wall will be set up tomorrow and the opening ceremony will be Thursday and you can come down to Emmet Park and see the wall 24 hours a day until Sunday.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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