Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica showcased at Georgetown University
An otherwise accessible and tourist- friendly city has turned less inviting because of the ongoing shutdown.
"I have a friend visiting from out of town, and she was really upset about the furlough because she couldn't go to any of the monuments," said D.C. resident Cameron Goodman.
People have been greeted by barricades at popular D.C. attractions, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. And on Wednesday, the barricades didn't seem to bother tourists -- but if you are denied entry, Georgetown University might be the place to go next.
The replica of the Veterans Memorial is 250-feet in length, and was moved to the center of campus this week. It's been traveling since 1996, and has visited the city only once before.
Patrick Craven with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund said, "We brought in our traveling wall."
While half the size and made of aluminum instead of granite, everything else is identical.
"It has all the same names on it. Everything is laid out on it exactly the same," said Craven.
Elizabeth McAdam's father was a Vietnam veteran, so a visit to a second location is just as special.
"It really does have that same, sloping feel. When you go to the real wall you walk down into it, and you're kind of immersed by the names around you," said McAdam.
Unlike the original, the replica does not stand forever. It travels more than 30,000 miles a year to locations all around the country.
"This will only be here through Monday, and then it needs to go to Cincinnati where it's scheduled for a USO event," said Craven.
The installation is displayed between the Healy Hall lawn, a national historic landmark, and the library named after a Georgetown graduate killed in the Vietnam War.
Goodman is a student at Georgetown and believes it's a reminder to the school community of the more than 58,000 Americans who put their country first.
Until Friday, free shuttle buses are being offered from the actual memorial site to the one on Georgetown's campus from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visitors can see the temporary display through Monday, October 14.