GLOCESTER, R.I. (WPRI) — A traveling version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., arrived in Rhode Island on Thursday, allowing the public to pay respects to those who died or went missing during the war.
The half-size replica of the memorial will be on display at Ponaganset High School starting at 6:30 p.m. and will be open 24 hours a day until 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. Parking and admission is free.
“The Moving Wall” exhibit was created in hopes of bringing healing to veterans and the family and friends of those who lost their lives in service of our country, especially those unable to travel to see the full-size memorial.
An opening ceremony for the wall was held Thursday morning. A number of veterans were on hand, including Kasim Yarn, Rhode Island’s director of Veterans Affairs, and Father Philip Salois, who performed a blessing of the wall.
Ponaganset senior Emily Williams, one of the students who helped bring the memorial to her school, said she hopes the exhibit will not only bring healing, but also spread awareness of the Vietnam War and its impacts.
“I hope that seeing all the emotions all this weekend, that really makes them realize how impactful this was,” she said. “There’s less of it being talked about, even in schools.”
“I think it was kind of lost in a lot of this generation, but with events like this I think it’s a really good chance to bring it back,” Williams added.
For more information, visit The Moving Wall’s website.