Moving Wall: Vietnam memorial in AmherstEDITORIAL
July 19. 2018 7:48PM
The wall tells a story in time and space.
Fifty-eight thousand American servicemen and women were killed in or are missing from the Vietnam War. Their names are carved into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., in order of when they were lost. As you walk along the wall, you descend into history, seeing the escalating death toll of the Vietnam War, and the slow climb out.
Granite Staters can share that experience much closer to home. Each summer, the Moving Wall brings two half-size replicas of the D.C. memorial on tour across the country. The Moving Wall is on display at Souhegan High School in Amherst through Monday.
The Moving Wall first visited New Hampshire in 1990, with a stop in Concord, and has been back several times since. Last year, it visited Durham.
At each stop, veterans and other local volunteers work together to assemble the wall. The entire operation relies on sponsors and donors. You can learn more at www.themovingwall.org.
The opening ceremonies for this weekend’s visit begin tonight at 5:30 p.m. The Moving Wall is free and open to the public. We encourage you to see it in person, especially if you have never seen the full-scale memorial.
The wall is a tribute to the service and sacrifice of those we lost half a world away, in a war fought half a century ago. We must never let their memory fade away.