Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial on display in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall made its way to the Scenic City.

That’s a portable replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Wall’s opening ceremony took place Friday morning on the waterfront near Ross’s Landing.

The half-size replica has been touring the country for more than 30 years now.

It features all 58,306 names of Americans killed in the Vietnam War.

The Moving Wall allows people in this area to experience the power of the exhibit without having to travel all the way to D.C.

Retired U.S. Navy Captain Mickey McCamish said, “We had this vision this is the way I’d envisioned the wall to be set up and it’s good to see the vision become a reality and for the people to enjoy it.”

The Moving Wall will be in place until Sunday afternoon, including during a special Riverfront Nights concert.
It’s open to the public 24-hours a day, but the official hours are from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily.

Learn more about the Traveling Wall here.

See the complete 2016 schedule for the Traveling Wall here.

John Devitt, 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.

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