Memorial Day: A “Moving” Tribute

“The Moving Wall”, a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, was recently on display at the VFW Post #1079 in Elyria.

The Moving Wall is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than twenty years. When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of “The Wall.” He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.

John, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

63rd Anniversary Commemorated at BRL

The Lofton Henderson Detachment Corps League held a program today at Black River Landing, commemorating the 63rd Landing on Iwo Jima by the U.S. Marine Corps.

The Ceremony started with the playing of the National Anthem and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lorain Mayor Anthony Krasienko spoke of the soldiers involved that day, the casualties, and the number lost in battle. This ceremony was not only for those we lost, but the ones that made it back, as well.

The ceremony closed with a 21-gun salute, and the playing of “Taps” by a lone bugler.