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A moving experience

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:

I’d like to thank John Hoepfer and his fellow veterans for bringing The Wall to Aspen, which memorialized those who served and lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

This past weekend, Rio Grande Park was a sacred place, one of great sadness, healing and education. Around the clock, John and his fellow veterans patrolled The Wall and comforted those who needed a shoulder to cry on as well as answered questions for our local school children. It was a powerful and moving experience that many of us will never forget.

After witnessing the impact of 58,000-plus names on the wall whose average age was 19, it gave me new appreciation for my friends, family, loved ones and my good fortune to live in beautiful Aspen.

Thanks also to the city of Aspen for supporting this event as well as the Veterans of The Navajo Nation.

Ed Foran


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