Friday, November 16, 2012

Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall

Hi all!! I just wanted to share a little more about our visit to the traveling Vietnam memorial wall. It is a smaller version of the permanent one in Washington DC.

The wall is approximately 250 feet in length, and like the original Memorial is erected in a chevron-shape. The replica is constructed of powder-coated aluminum, supported by an aluminum frame, and is made up of 24 individual panels, each containing six columns of names.  The panels join together to form a nearly 250 feet wide structure.

It was so touching to see the response of our community to the wall.

As on The Wall, the names on The Wall That Heals are listed by day of casualty.  Beginning at the center/apex, the names start on the East Wall (right-hand side) working their way out to the end of that wing, picking up again at the far end of the West Wall (left-hand side) and working their way back in to the center/apex, joining the beginning and ending of the conflict at the center.

 The exterior sides of the trailer that carries the Wall open to become a mobile museum.  Information cases display photos of service members whose names are found on The Wall, along with letters and memorabilia left at The Wall in D.C. The Museum also includes a map of Vietnam and a chronological overview of the conflict in Vietnam.
We don't personally know anyone that served in Vietnam (I don't know too much of my family history/genealogy, something I've been working on!) When I saw the name Nichols in the museum i immediately adopted him and set out to find his name on the wall!! His picture even had some resemblances to my dad's cousin!!! Pretty cool! I am trying to do some research to see if we really are related! 

It was a really sobering experience to be able to see the wall and read the letters. I am so proud that are city hosted this traveling memorial. What an awesome way to honor our local veterans!!

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  1. That is so very cool. I would love to have seen that. I've been to the wall in DC and even checked the book they have there listing all the names of those on the wall. We didn't find anyone with our surnames. I hope you can find some history on your Soldier Nichols.