UNION COUNTY, NJ — Union County residents will have the opportunity to experience the poignancy and meaning associated with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial when The Moving Wall, a half-size traveling replica, visits Biertuempfel Park (1300 Winslow Ave.) in Union Township this week.
The Moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall gives visitors the chance to pay their respects to those who served and lost their lives in the conflict. It will be on display from May 18 – May 22 (open for viewing 24 hours a day).
The Moving Wall is the half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. It has toured the country for more than 30 years. The inspiration for it began in 1982 when John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication at the nation’s capitol. He felt the positive power of “The Wall” and vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.
At 375 feet long and up to 7½ feet tall, The Moving Wall is a three-quarter-scale replica of the D.C. original. Both versions are engraved with the names of the more than 58,000 service members who died during the Vietnam War.The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas, in October 1984, and two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the U.S. from April through November, spending about a week at each site.
Moving Wall Schedule
Wednesday, May 17: Moving Wall arrives in Union Township
Thursday, May 18: Moving Wall set up, followed by candlelight ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21: Wall available for visitation.
Monday, May 22: Final viewing & closing remarks and prayer at 12 p.m.
While visiting The Moving Wall it is important to maintain a dignified and respectful atmosphere. Grief counselors will be available, and volunteers will be onsite to assist visitors.
1300 Winslow Avenue
Union , New Jersey 07083