I wanted to add that every name on the wall is a true "American Hero" in every sense of the word. Each name on that wall contributed to a life of freedom for myself and my family. Arlington is another meaningful place to visit!
My oldest boy got to go to Washington as a guest of one of the local EMC cooperatives this summer and he saw it. He asked one of the assistants where he could find John Geoughegan and the guy didn't even look at his list to answer. I was SO proud of my son for his reverence. He took a picture of the name and I could see his reflection in the marble. Tore me up just thinking about it.
Although I've never seen the wall, I have seen The Moving Wall that travels (there are many). I escorted it with the Patriot Guard Riders in August of '18 on its arrival to Cordele, GA at the Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park and the next day, I took my wife and sons to see it on display. I will escort The Healing Wall through Savannah later this month. Those rides are spine tingling when you see the big fire trucks with ladders and huge flags and an entire local populace turn out waving flags to honor the memory of those 58,XXX names. I'll try to get some pictures of the procession in Savannah, but it's hard to manage a camera and a motorcycle at the same time.
Most cities and towns have military cemeteries and memorials, it would probably be a good experience if kids could get a local tour. Many kids will never get to DC but they should be given the chance to see the traveling wall. Schools need to be aware when it is in their town.
Sportyg are you in contact with any brothers from the same specialty and branch of service from when you served? Talking things out with someone can be a big help and is not a sign of weakness by any means. It may also help save someone from suicide. If you like shoot me a PM and I'll give you one of the websites I visit.
Thanks for the offer, I'm in counseling for PTSD have been for about four month now with the VA. Never had a problem with it due to hiding it for years. Went to Loma Linda VA hospital for an operation and they triggered it with the questions they ask.