For the last few years, I have always found myself at a scheduling disadvantage when it came to visiting National Monuments. Usually by the time I found myself with enough time, there wasn’t enough money….have enough money, I’d run out of time. This, year after year, has always been the case. Then one year I happened to hear about “The Moving Wall“.
The Moving Wall is a 1/2 Scale Replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall located in Washington D.C. The Moving Wall does just that…It Moves.
The Moving Wall has been traveling throughout the United States since it was first created in 1984. This half-sized creation was the brainchild of John Devitt, who after visiting the wall in 1982, felt that the experience should be shared by those unable to make the trip to D.C. SO, shortly after his initial visit, John enlisted the assistance of Norris Shears and Gerry Haver. The three men, with the help from other Armed Forces Veterans, built the replica and displayed it in Tyler, Texas in October 1984.
Since 2004, after many years of traveling, the original”Moving Wall” has been housed in the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Pittsburgh, Kansas.
In the time since the original replica was retired from traveling, two more replicas have been constructed, and each travels the country with the help of local veterans, veterans groups, and individuals alike. The Wall travels and is on display from April through November, and is open to the public 24 hours a day. It is also worth mentioning that the Moving Wall was built, transported, maintained, and manned solely by volunteers…ad there is NO CHARGE to visit.
Now, I cannot say for sure if the name “The Moving Wall” was intended to have two meanings, but after visiting the wall, meeting many of the men and women that served, I can tell you first hand, that the wall, even while standing still, is Very Moving.
The Liberty First Foundation would like to offer our deepest and most sincere appreciation to the men and women that have so gallantly ventured into battle and provide us with the warm blanket of freedom we enjoy today. It is because of you that we continue out mission to insure that Liberty continues to prosper, and that our light will never dim. God Bless.
Camera, Steve Sciannamea