HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) — Tears, memories and honor were the reactions of people who visited a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall in Hermitage this weekend.
Wiping away tears, reading some of the 58,318 names of fallen service members. The Moving Wall began its mission two years after the original Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall was built in Washington, DC. The Director of Veterans Affairs in Mercer County, Bradley Alan, told of how special it is to our community.
“It’s unfortunate because we lose some really valuable members and some of those are right here displayed, but we have a lot just in this region alone,” said Alan.
Event Director, Tim Haaz, built a wall by hand to honor service men who are locals. He said there were over 1,000 men who served from this county.
“Coincidently here in Mercer County, we have 44 servicemen that were killed in action in Vietnam. So we have their names listed there,” said Haaz.
Alan said he hopes the wall will offer peace and comfort, and honor our veterans.
“It’s something very real, hearing their story and that’s what is unique about the display over here it’s showing a little bit about their story,” said Alan.
The Moving Wall will be in Hermitage next to John Flynn’s Funeral Home until Monday at 8:00 a.m. It is open to everyone 24 hours a day. There will be a special closing ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.