See the Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Newport
The Moving Wall to memorialize the Vietnam War will be in Newport, Rhode Island from Sept. 19-23. This wall is a 243-foot-long replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
When attending this event you will also find a processional escort on the morning of Sept. 19. Sections of this moving wall are brought to Touro Park by trailer. Later on in the weekend you will also find a candlelight vigil. This will be held later on that Thursday night and will include a reading of the names of the 209 Rhode Island veterans killed in Vietnam.
The opening ceremony for The Moving Wall will be held on Friday Sept. 20. If attending you'll hear from speakers such as former R.I. Chief Justice Frank J. Williams and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. Speakers for the following Saturday and Sunday include a Navy nurse and many veterans who served in Vietnam who currently are situated in Rhode Island. The closing ceremony for this event will take place Sept. 23.
Kurt Edenbach, funeral director and co-owner of Memorial Funeral Homes, states, “We are honored to help bring The Moving Wall to Newport, where the presence of military families has always provided a strong foundation to this community. We invite everyone to come visit and pay homage in whatever way they can to the veterans who served.”
For more than 30 years, this wall has been touring the US and bringing awareness to how many veterans fought for our country in the Vietnam War. A group of Veterans who wanted to make the experience of visiting the monument in Washington, D.C. more accessible to those unable to created this experience in the early 1980s.
The Moving Wall is actively looking for volunteers to help at at this event. These events require at least 200 volunteers in order to be successful. To find a complete schedule of events and to sign up to volunteer for The Moving Wall's visit to Newport, R.I. visit movingwallnewport.org.