Thursday, June 15, 2006

Moving Wall Memorial Arrives In Medford New Jersey

"The Moving Wall,” a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC that serves as a solemn reminder of the more than 58,000 lives lost between 1956-75 in that Southeast Asian country, arrived at Freedom Park, Wednesday, June 14th.

“This is an appropriate way to pay tribute to those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during this war, yet never received the recognition they deserved,’’ Mayor Lisa A. Post said. “Bringing The Moving Wall to Medford will afford our residents the chance to experience a replica of this poignant memorial.’’

The Moving Wall will open to the public at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, June 14th and close on Monday, June 19th at 4:00 pm. It will remain open for visitors 24 hours per day, rain or shine. Opening ceremonies have been scheduled for 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 14th. Also participating will be military officials from McGuire AFB and Fort Dix. Closing ceremonies will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 18th, with daily ceremonies also taking place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. For the complete ceremony program each day, please
click here.

Here are some photos taken during the Wednesday evening ceremonies...











The concept of The Moving Wall began in 1983 by members of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Inc. and, after construction was completed, was first displayed in Texas in 1984. It was funded using only public contributions, and it is owned and administered by the Vietnam Combat Veterans, LTD. The replica has appeared in more than 1,000 communities across the nation, and the stop in Medford will be the only New Jersey appearance this year. Additional information about The Moving Wall can be obtained by visiting www.themovingwall.org.




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