The Vietnam Moving Wall is coming to Sedgwick County

Vietnam Moving Wall Valley Center
Photo credit Vietnam Moving Wall Valley Center / Facebook

The Vietnam Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Memorial, will be on display at Lion's Park in Valley Center.

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Beginning Thursday October 21, thru Monday October, 25, the traveling memorial that serves as a reminder of the sacrifices veterans made during the Vietnam War, will be erected in the park, providing an opportunity to honor and remember our fallen veterans.

Ronald Colbert chairman of the Vietnam Moving Wall says the memorial has an emotional impact on Vietnam veterans.  "When they approach the wall, we advise everybody to stay away from them.  Let them have their moment," Colbert says.  "We stand by as volunteers to help them," he added.

Name rubbings can be made from the wall, but certain guidelines must be observed.  "The only people able to get a name rubbing off the wall is a veteran himself, or a family member of someone who was killed in Vietnam," Colbert said.  Volunteers at the memorial are trained to place the paper on the wall and have the rubbing done.  Touching the wall is not allowed.  Volunteers are even required to wear gloves when erecting and taking down the memorial.

A motorcycle procession is planned, along with flyovers and honored guests who will speak at various programs planned throughout the five days.