Hundreds of residents from Morris County and beyond had already visited “The Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans Memorial by the time opening ceremonies were held this morning at the County College of Morris.
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Assembled yesterday afternoon, The Moving Wall, which is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., has been attracting visitors since it arrived yesterday, escorted by a motorcycle motorcade. The wall is being sponsored by the VFW Post 7333 of Randolph, and visitors will be able to view the tribute to military personnel lost in the Vietnam War through Monday morning.
Proclamations honoring the visiting memorial were read today by Randolph Mayor Marie Potter and U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill during an official welcoming ceremony kicked off by CCM President Anthony Iacono and the leadership of VFW Post 7333. Additional proclamations and dedications will be read at a grand opening ceremony 2 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, July 9) by State Sen. Anthony Bucco, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn and Morris County Commissioner Deputy Director John Krickus (USMC).
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Various organizations and veterans groups are scheduled to lay wreaths at the site following the Saturday afternoon ceremony.
The Moving Wall will be on display near Parking Lot 1 on the college campus, off Center Grove Road in Randolph, until it is disassembled on the morning of July 11.
Today, visitors sought out the names of loved-one lost in the conflict, many of them making “rubbings” with crayon and paper while others left mementos. Visitors will have access to the wall anytime, whether or not ceremonies are being held.
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William Menzel, a Vietnam veteran and project coordinator for VFW Post 7333, thanked the volunteers and area public officials who assisted in the all-volunteer effort that brought The Wall to Morris County, purely with donated resources and funds. He also honored fellow Vietnam veteran and VFW 7333 member Emerson Crooks for initiating efforts with Sen. Bucco to bring The Wall to the area.
The Wall was constructed after John Devitt, a Vietnam veteran, attended the 1982 dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. He said at the time that he felt its power and vowed to share that experience with those who might not have the opportunity to visit it. DeVitt, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. Two were eventually constructed, and they have traveled the nation since 1984.
Article Courtesy of the County Of Morris