The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial is on display at Gore Place in Waltham from August 10 through 15. This half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC is free and open to the public 24 hours a day.
The City of Waltham and local veterans organizations are hosting this community event. RTN is honored to be among the local businesses who are helping by donating lunch for the volunteers on Friday, August 12, and promoting the event in our Waltham branch.
Volunteers are available to help visitors find a name on the wall, and materials are provided to make a “rubbing” of names.
Here is how the Moving Wall came to be:
John Devitt, a Vietnam veteran from California, had the vision and dedicated to his fellow Vietnam veterans that made the memorial a reality. When Devitt attended the Opening Ceremonies of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington in 1982, he vowed to bring the experience he had to all those not able to go to Washington. Together with Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veterans, he built “The Moving Wall.” The names of those who gave their lives and of those who remain missing are inscribed in chronological order.