Moving Wall to be unveiled in Kingman

KINGMAN - The Moving Wall is moving closer.

The North Mohave County Patriots and the Vietnam Veterans of America, Mohave County Chapter No. 975 proudly present the Moving Wall, a half-sized replica of Washington D.C.'s Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The wall will be on display 24 hours a day starting with opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 until Oct. 24 at Firefighters Park, 2001 Detroit Ave.

At 10 a.m. Oct. 22, organizers plan to read the names of all the Arizona fallen.

Over 58,000 names of military personnel who either died or remain missing as a result of the Vietnam War are inscribed on the wall.

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

Inscribed on the wall: "In honor of the men and women of the armed forces of the United States who served in the Vietnam War. The names of those who gave their lives and of those who remain missing are inscribed in the order they were taken from us."

NMCP's Lee Elder said it has been a challenge getting things lined up, but as it has gotten closer to the date of the Moving Wall being put on display, things have gone smoother and gotten a bit easier.

Although a bunch of people have volunteered to help with the four-day event, Elder said organizers can always use more volunteers to help visitors with the rubbings and locating names.

There will be computers on hand during the day to assist people with locating names, but books will also be available in the evening and during the day to help with name location, Elder explained.

Also, the Patriot Guard will stand watch over the moving memorial.

For more information, call President of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America Ralph McKie at (928) 753-4009 or Elder at (928) 897-0982.