“In memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.”
— “In Memory Plaque” at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C.
dedicated November 10th, 2004 during a candlelight ceremony.
The Moving Wall™, a half-size replica of the actual Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., carries the names of the 58,267 (and counting) military men and women who gave their lives in Vietnam. Approximately 1200 of the names listed on the wall still fall into the category of MIA or POW.
“The Moving Wall™”—an appropriate title. The wall moves around the country, standing at attention so that those who may not be able to travel to Washington, D.C, can still visit the memorial & stand witness to the magnitude of the piece, as well as to the war itself. But more than that, one cannot help but be moved when standing in the shadow of this wall—to feel the physical presence behind each name, to rub those engraved names onto paper, to remember that these men and women died for their country, & to honor all of our Vietnam Veterans.
April 1-7, 2005, The Moving Wall™ travelled to Lubbock, Texas & stood on Texas Tech University’s campus in Memorial Circle. Retired Colonel Roger Donlon, U.S. Army & First Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam War, served as the Keynote Speaker.
During that week, a group of us riders decided to visit The Moving Wall™. I felt honored to ride to Tech’s campus with this group of friends that included Vietnam War Veterans. My father served in Vietnam during the war. Thankfully, the wall does not bear his name, which is not to say that the Vietnam War did not kill him.
Since the war’s end, a sense of awareness amongst the families of Vietnam Veterans and the Veterans themselves tells us that this war continues to kill through a growing list of causes including Agent Orange and Post-Traumatic Stress.
The following movie pays tribute to all American soldiers. It bears witness to what we riders experienced that sunny April evening at The Moving WallTM — to the emotions, to the hugs, to the prayers, to the memories, and to the numerous small healings which took place. No words exist that could ever hope to capture these moments. I’ll let the movie speak for itself. I hope these images touch your heart as much as they did mine.
‘Lest we never forget—Deb
Fast FAQ from The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Wall-USA:
The first known casualty of the Vietnam War was Richard B. Fitzgibbon of North Weymouth, Massachusetts, whose casualty date is June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, whose casualty date is Sept. 7, 1965.
The last American soldier known to have been killed in the Vietnam War was Kelton Turner, an 18-year old Marine. He was killed in action on May 15, 1975, two weeks after the evacuation of Saigon, in what became known as the Mayaguez incident.
The youngest Vietnam KIA is believed to be Dan Bullock at 15 years old.
With all the current big news about the latest American Idol, who's dancing with the stars, and what Paris Hilton or Linsay Lohan are wearing today (besides prison orange), we may, from time-to-time, forget that our soldiers continue to fight for our country today in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The oldest person on the Wall is Dwaine McGriff at 63 years old.
At least 5 men killed in Vietnam were 16 years old.
At least 12 men killed in Vietnam were 17 years old.
There are 120 persons who listed foreign countries as their home of record.
At least 25,000 of those killed were 20 years old or younger.
More than 17,000 of those killed were married.
Veterans killed on their first day in Vietnam 997 (unconfirmed)
Veterans killed on their last day in Vietnam 1,448 (unconfirmed)
Number of Chaplains on the Wall— 16 (2 Medal Of Honor)
Number of Women on the Wall— 8 (7 Army, 1 USAF - 7,484 served)
There are 226 Native Americans on the Memorial.
There are 22 countries represented on the Memorial.
Most common name on the Memorial— "Smith" with 667 veterans.
The most casualties for a single day was on January 31, 1968— 245 casualties.
The most casualties for a single month was May 1968— 2,415 casualties were incurred.
In their honor, light a candle & click a link below:
Institute for the Study of War: Military Analysis and Education for Civilian Leaders
Library of Congress Web Archives
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The National Guard
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The Gulf War
The Berlin Wall
The Vietnam War
The Cuban Missile Crisis
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The Cold War
The Korean War
The Atomic Bomb
The Normandy Invasion, D-Day
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World War I
The Patriot Guard
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"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words— but to live by them."
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that — we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe— in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. "
— John F. Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961, Inaugural Address—