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Wall of Remembrance on display at Pensacola Beach
It's a Wall of Remembrance, for those killed in the Global War on Terror.
The Wall was built for the 10th anniversary of 9-11, but it also recognizes the victims of other terrorist attacks, from the 19-83 Beirut Bombings to last year's Boston Marathon.
Now, the Wall travels the country.
Channel Three's Kathryn Daniel shows us what the display means to visitors, and to the man who escorts the memorial on its journey.
The Wall of Remembrance has 11-thousand names on it. For Wall escort Derek Hendershot -- one stands out.
"The first KIA out of Brooklyn and I just lost it."
Hendershots' friend and fellow Marine, Lance Corporal William White was killed in Iraq.
"I just wish I coulda traded places with him."
Hendershot says he deals with his survivor's guilt by taking the wall all over the country, 36 stops so far.
The Wall always travels draped in a US Flag -- and is updated with names each month.
"Our goal is to build a national monument, it may not be run by the government, I kinda hope it isn't because they can't shut it down. When they had sequestration, we weren't shut down."
Retired Navy Commander Steve Smith is one of the local hosts of the exhibit.
Many of his friends' names are on the wall.
"I'm taking my son who's 16 and really doesn't have much of a background in that to see the actual extent of service that's been given in the past."
Hendershot's highest honor was to take the wall to Brooklyn, home of his fallen buddy shared the Memorial with White's family, hugged his brothers.
And in that moment, his healing began.
"For me, myself, I was able to make sure he was able to carry on."
Hendershot is looking for volunteers to help set up and guard the Wall while it is here in our area.
If you'd like to help, you can call him at 714-767-1167.