Public Visits Vietnam Wall
It's the wall's first time in the Capital City. The Fort Leonard Wood 399th Army band and a flyover by a Huey Helicopter began the moving opening ceremony of the Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall.
Retired Command Sergeant Major William "Skip" Rich called the wall a connection to those who served. Rich emphasized the role that families play when a soldier is deployed.
"I emphasize their families. Ladies and gentleman, the true heroes of all those deployed are the families that are left behind," said Rich.
Veterans who attended the ceremony and volunteer at the memorial are glad that it is finally in Jefferson City. Speakers asked veterans to leave the past behind them, and to move forward.
"Leave the past, but cherish your memories. Let the wounds heal, and let's say thank you to a nation who has said to us welcome home," said State Representative Jack Jackson.
One unique thing about the memorial is that visitors are able to touch each of the more than 58,000 names engraved on the wall. It took the work of twelve veterans commissions in Missouri to bring the wall to Jefferson City. This is the last stop before returning to Michigan.
The wall is a tribute, a small thank you for the men and women who died in Vietnam. You can see the wall 24 hours a day, but volunteers will be there during the day. Admission to the wall is free.