Posted: Sep 29, 2011 10:14 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Sep 29, 2011 10:21 PM
Acadiana veterans can have a taste of Washington at home.
One of the capital's most famous monuments is making a visit to New Iberia for the weekend.
Thursday night was the opening ceremony of the Traveling Wall, bringing tearful emotions to some of Acadiana's best heroes.
"Probably got about 27." Vail Hebert said of his comrades. "Haven't located them all yet but I'm making a step."
Hebert says it's a small step, but it's one he hasn't taken yet: finding the names of those he served with in Vietnam.
"A lot of good men could've done a lot of good things in their life." Hebert says, "but they stood-up for what they thought was right and they stood-up for their country."
The wall may look like the same wall in Washington, but this is a replica.
All 5,800 names on Washington's wall are also on the Traveling Wall in New Iberia. It's giving local vets the opportunity to read some of those names and reflect on the friends they lost.
"We may not be able to travel all the way to Washington." Will Landry says, "but the guys that came, this is an opportunity for us to pay our respects."
Like many Vietnam veterans, Landry lost a good friend. That name was Danny Fitch, but for this weekend, that name has come finally home.