Traveling Vietnam Wall
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Over the Memorial Day Weekend the nation honors those who paid the ultimate price for our country.
On Saturday, thousands came to the Liberty Memorial to see the traveling Vietnam Wall, which is incscribed with the names of the nearly 60, 000 Americans killed in the Vietnam War.
US Navy Corpsman Max Moore told FOX 4 that he didn’t recognize any of the names on this wall. But, he knew so many of them.
“I think I can say there are names on this wall that I’ve taken care of. A lot of names on this wall that I have taken care of, ” said Moore.
Moore said he treated thousands of wounded soldiers in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968.
“I was an operating room technician, so I took care of a lot of guys. Some good, some real bad, ” he said.
On Saturday, Moore and armies of others came to Liberty Memorial to pay their respects to the more than 58, 000 who didn’t survive.
Among the crowd was Mission resident Scott King, his wife, dad and two boys.
“We thought it would be important to come out and show the kids what just what Memorial Day is about, ” said King.
King said the wall offers a valuable lesson.
“It says on the wall freedom is not free, so there are people who we as civilians kind of take for granted that there are the people out there protecting us and it’s very important. It’s a good lesson to know, ” he said.
People like Moore who lived to tell his story.
“You don’t ever forget what you went through that’s something that’s etched in your soul, ” said Moore.
The traveling wall erected to tell the story of so many others who can’t tell it themselves.
The traveling wall is in town at Liberty Memorial through Memorial Day. A full list of events is below.
The AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall
When: Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25
Where: Southeast Lawn at the National World War I Museum
What: The AVTT (American Veterans Traveling Tribute) Traveling Vietnam Wall is an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. measuring nearly 400 feet long. Seen by hundreds of thousands of people across the country, the Wall is accessible to the public for viewing beginning with an opening ceremony featuring the 1st Infantry Division on Friday at 6 p.m. through the closing ceremony on Monday at 2 p.m. Daily ceremonies occur at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The opening ceremony will include Fort Riley’s Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard and a keynote address from Col. Miles Brown, Commander of Fort Riley’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team. Free to the public.
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