Fred Cooper of Columbia looks at the Wall that Heals Thursday at Bluff Street Park. The replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has drawn large crowds and remains on display through 2 p.m. Sunday.

Wall draws crowds, touches hearts


Tears slowly ran down the cheeks of Vietnam veteran Wayne Laird as he stood still Thursday and saw, for the first time, the Wall that Heals.

The Hattiesburg resident described the scene at Bluff Street Park as overwhelming.

“Lord, this is something. All these guys lost their lives,” he said as the emotions rose to the surface.

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