A wall was erected in West Hartford Friday to remember those who gave their lives in battle.
The wall is 116 feet long and is inscribed with an estimated 11,000 names.
Norman Michand served 14 years of active duty in the navy.
He said the wall is an important lesson in history.
"This is huge because there's a lot of people in this country that are spoiled. They have no idea how they got these rights. Where they came from, who fought for them and it's all these guys here," said Michand.
He called seeing the wall be put up "overwhelming."
Denise Johnson is a member of the Connecticut Friends of Veterans. The group helped bring the wall to West Hartford.
"The wall is meant to heal and hopefully with it being here it will heal a lot of hearts. A lot of people who have lost people," said Johnson.
Spiridoula Sanchez wiped away tears while viewing it with her daughter Tini. She said she wants her daughter to understand what the wall stands for.
"To respect the veterans and respect our country what we stand for and what they fought for and how they protect us everyday, it's very important," said Sanchez.
The wall covers soldiers who fought from 1983 to 2016.
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