SPOKANE, Wash. -- The American Veterans Traveling Tribute is bringing the traveling Vietnam Wall to Spokane for three days beginning Thursday.
DETAILS: Largest Vietnam Wall replica coming to Spokane
A man who lost his brother in the war is now preparing to see the memorial. Mike Pursel’s brother, Tom Pursel, earned the bronze star during his time in Vietnam.
Tom was in the Army Air Corp as a helicopter co-pilot. He flew medical evacuation missions. A sniper shot and killed Tom six months into his service.
“I was at school and the chaplain and someone else from the Army came and visited my parents and gave them the news and it was real devastating time for the family,” said Mike.
Tom Pursel’s name is now forever etched in the Vietnam wall in Washington D.C. Mike Pursel has never seen the memorial in person. He said that looking at his brother’s name sparks sobering feelings.
“Some anger that this is part of war, sadness,” said Mike.
The replica is 20% smaller and longer than the length of a football field. The Patriot Guard will be escorting memorial to Greenwood Terrace Memorial. Pieces of the memorial will come in a truck and it will be put together at the memorial site Thursday at noon.