The Traveling Vietnam Wall and what it means
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall (The Wall) was built with private contributions from the American people. It stands as a symbol of America’s honor, and to recognize the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War.
The Wall was designed by the daughter of Chinese intellectuals who fled their homeland before the 1949 Communist takeover. She lives in Athens, Ohio.
The Wall is made up of two panels that measure 246 feet 9 inches long. At its highest point, the wall is over 10 feet tall. The names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing are inscribed on the black granite walls. Names are added when more remains are found.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall stirs emotion. It can even be somewhat overwhelming to visit. When people look into the polished volcanic rock of the wall, it reportedly “looks back.” It envelops its visitors in the names of those who lost their lives in a war which lasted nearly two decades.
For the hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans who are still alive, it is a place of eternal significance.
The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall is a 80 percent-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
Whether or not you have visited The Wall in Washington, D.C., and/or visited other places of “eternal significance,” you may want to take advantage of the opportunity to see the American Veterans Traveling Tribute’s Traveling Vietnam Wall, from May 16-20, at the Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 S. Main Street in Ellijay.
American Legion Post 82 and the Ellijay Lions Club are the sponsors. Post 82 will have guides, counselors and security 24 hours a day, and a computer list to locate where veterans’ names are inscribed.
There is no cost to see The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall. Pencil rubbing of the names can be made just as they can be with the Wall in D.C.
Donations to Post 82 will be used to help our veterans and our community.