Delaware Public Media

Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall coming to Lewes in May

Apr 1, 2019

A mobile tribute to Vietnam veterans is coming the First State.

 


The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall will be in Lewes next month, hosted by the American Legion Family of Post 17.

“The Moving Wall is a replica of the original memorial in Washington, D.C.; it’s a half-size replica,” said American Legion Auxiliary Unit 17 president Murt Foos.

Foos says the Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the over 58,000 soldiers who died during the Vietnam War, “So the replica is a medal base that’s transportable. And the objective is that you bring that memory to people around the country who may never be able get to Washington, D.C.”

 

Foos adds there are several reasons they are bringing it to Delaware.

 

“The American Legion is celebrating its100th Anniversary in 2019. So we in Lewes decided we wanted to honor and do something very special. As we looked around our husbands, neighbors and friends are Vietnam veterans...our age group…our husbands; this was our war, the first one that we were a part of,”

said Foos. 

Foos says the Moving Wall will be at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal May 16 through May 20.  It will be open to the public 24 hours a day - free of charge.

She says an Escort of Honor is planned May 16th when the Moving Wall arrives and Vietnam War-era vets will ceremoniously assemble the wall panels to begin the five-day tribute.