NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. makes a stop this weekend at Touro Park in Newport.
The moving wall arrived at 9 a.m. Thursday with a police and veteran motorcycle escort, according to local sponsors hosting the wall’s visit.
On Thursday, local Vietnam War veterans will be escorted into the park by students for an evening visit.
An opening ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, during which the names of the 209 Rhode Islanders who died during the Vietnam War will be read aloud.
Rev. Bill Zelazny will emcee the event which will also feature several patriotic musical performances, including one by the Tiverton High School Marching Band.
The moving wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., spearheaded by John Devitt, a former helicopter door gunner and Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, who wanted to share the monument’s power with those who couldn’t visit the nation’s capital.
The traveling monument was at Ponaganset High School last November.
It will be at Touro park until Monday, Sept. 23.
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