CONCORD, N.C. -- It s a traveling exhibit, but a moving experience.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., made a stop at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday for the Vietnam Veterans Homecoming celebration.

The wall is 80 percent of the size of the original, but still has an enormous impact on those who visit it.

It's hard, it really is, said Emmett Bowers, a Vietnam veteran. It's hard for us vets to come look at this.

Bowers drove from Virginia with his son and grandson to share the experience with them, and was humbled by it.

I'm not ashamed to cry, he said through tears. Some people really try to hide it; I don't. They re my brothers -- these are my brothers, he said, referencing the wall behind him.

Bowers s son Michael agreed. It's emotional. It's tough from time to time, but it's good for him -- it's a good release.

Michael Bowers said he was born after his dad came home from the war, and didn t hear him talk much about it. He s starting to now, said Michael, especially at moments like these.

It takes a lot of emotion for him to do, but he gets a lot from it, he said.

And Emmett Bowers got a special treat Saturday he met the man whose idea it was to build the original wall in Washington, D.C. Jan Scruggs, who is also a Vietnam veteran, came up with the concept after doing work in the field of post-traumatic stress disorder.

There was a belief that this would be a place where individuals could have a catharsis -- a psychological catharsis, said Scruggs. And indeed the nation could have a psychological catharsis.

Even though the traveling wall is not affiliated with the monument in Washington, Scruggs praised it. His group is working now to expand the experience with an educational center. They ve already collected photo and stories for more than 30,000 men and women killed in action in Vietnam.

Bowers is also glad the wall travels. He said not all veterans can make it to Washington to view the monument and some simply don t want to because it s too emotional. He said veterans like the privacy of a small, traveling wall near their hometowns.

It is truly, a moving tribute.

People say we re heroes. We're not heroes, he said. I'm not a hero. The heroes are right there.. they re the poeple who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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