Moving Wall en route to Kingman

Vietnam War memorial will be here in late October

KINGMAN - On Washington, D.C.'s Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 58,272 names of American military personnel who died during the Vietnam War are listed.

Millions of people visit the memorial every year, but even more who would like to never get the chance.

More than 20 years ago, several Vietnam veterans, including one John Devitt, built a half-sized replica of the Memorial - "The Moving Wall" - and started taking it around the country so that more people could have the chance to feel the cathartic power of the memorial, according to themovingwall.org.

Thanks to the Northern Mohave County Patriots, a committee that includes members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion, the Patriot Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Marine Corps League, The Moving Wall will be in Kingman from Oct. 20-24.

Forrest Blackstock, the second vice president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Mohave County chapter No. 975, said there will be a special ceremony on Oct. 22 and open viewing 24 hours a day. The Patriot Guard will stand guard over the moving memorial, he said.

"It's huge," Blackstock said. "It's a good 200 feet and will be stretched in a V shape."

The Moving Wall is replica of the D.C. Memorial, and its length is even comparable, he said. It's just not as tall.

There will even be computers available, so people can look up the names they're looking for and find the exact location on the wall, Blackstock said.

Organizers are in need of sponsors to help with the costs of attaining and setting up portable restrooms, lighting and barricades, Blackstock said.

Any donation helps, and amounts asked for range from $25 for "friends" to $500 for "diamond sponsors." Every cent donated will be applied to the project.

If interested, make a check out to Veteran's Memorial Trust and put "Patriots" in the note line. Mail them to NMC Patriots, P.O. Box 543, Kingman, AZ, 86402.

There are at least two names on the moving memorial from Kingman, Blackstock said.