Moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Makes Way to Desert Hot Springs

Moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Makes Way to Desert Hot Springs

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. – In 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was built and dedicated to those who served and died in the Vietnam War. While attending the dedication in 1982, a group of artists felt the positive power of The Wall and felt it should be shared not only in Washington D.C., but across the country. Sitting at about half the size of the actual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, the two replicas began their journey in Tyler, Texas in 1984. Today, the walls travel across the country from April to November, to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The city of Desert Hot Springs hosted The Moving Wall at their local Mission Springs Park from June 22 to June 26, 2017. During the Vietnam War more than 58,000 service members, both men and women, were either killed or deemed missing in action. The Wall has the names of those men and women etched onto a reflective stone, so visitors can not only see the names, but see themselves, reflecting on the lives of the people who fought and died to keep them safe. At the commencement of the program, Headquarters Battalion Color Guard posted their colors at the Moving Wall opening program and, the keynote speaker, retired Sgt. Frank Orzio, pastor, Wounded Warrior Ministry Project, addressed those in attendance. “In this time of remembrance we must hold close to our hearts our fallen warriors, keep in our mind our prisoners of war and missing in action service members who have become a shadow of a memory,” Orzio said. “We see these men and women and realize, once again, how much we owe them and how much they have given.” Following the program, local community members were able to visit the wall and pay their respects. Also local Vietnam veterans attended to honor their fallen comrades, and pass knowledge to the younger generations at hand. On June 26, Desert Hot Springs hosted the closing ceremony for the Moving Wall. It will now move onto a different location to spread the same spirit of positivity; the same feeling of gratitude and respect that those artists felt from the dedication of the original wall in 1982. “We wanted the Moving Wall here in Desert Hot Springs to give our veterans the chance to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War,” said Requita Grant, event coordinator, Community and Cultural Affairs.
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  • Mike

    Semper Fi my brothers. Been to “the Wall” twice in D..C. plus once when the traveling Wall was here in Ga. After each time, I was so affected that it took me days to recuperate and somewhat resemble my normal self. More than two handfuls of my fellow Marines are permanently etched into that Wall and when I see their and trace their names it effects me so deeply. Then I realize…I will never be normal again. Mike..USMC. 68-74. (68-69 RNV)


  • John Horvath

    Is there anyway to get an Itinerary for the Wall?


  • Civil War Marine

    The travelling wall is a good idea, I also think many towns and cities should have a memorial to those who have served in defense of our country. here in saint Petersburg Florida we Freedom Park and have a marble headstone to honor the Korean war and those who served to keep Korea free. we should never forget that freedom is not free and often comes with a high price tag.


  • Mom of a Marine

    Here is the link with the schedule for anyone interested. http://www.travelingwall.us/schedule_of_appearances.htm


  • Mom of a Marine

    We had The Wall come to our small city years ago. It was very moving, even to my young children. If anyone has the chance, do try to get to see it, in honor of all who died in Viet Nam. Semper Fi.


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