The traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial making it’s way across the country allows veterans to remember their fallen brothers. Learn more about the project here.
Visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC is a truly unique experience. No matter the hour, day, season, or year people read the wall, touch the wall, honor at the wall.
Yet not everyone has the means or ability to visit this powerful monument. They don’t get the chance to pay tribute to U.S. soldiers who lost their lives during or because of the Vietnam War.
To solve that problem, the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) created the Traveling Vietnam Wall. It’s a remarkable replica of the memorial in DC.
In this way, tens of thousands more people can pay their respects to those who perished and honor everyone who served in Vietnam.
Here’s what you need to know about this tribute to veterans:
There are a few organizations that take replicas of the Vietnam Wall across America. But the replica created by AVTT is the largest and most visited.
At 80% the size of the original, this traveling Vietnam Wall comes as close as possible to duplicating the experience of visiting the permanent memorial.
The replica is 360 feet long and 8 feet tall at its apex. Panels with information about the original memorial and a timeline of the Vietnam War help visitors deepen their understanding of what they are experiencing.
At many events, there are books and computers for you to look up names and their location on the wall.
The replica is typically set up for multi-day events arranged months in advance. Check the complete schedule to see when the traveling memorial will be near you.
Why You Should Visit the Traveling Vietnam Wall
The replica wall has every name on the original. It’s difficult to imagine the scope of loss of life until you see all the names in one place. If you took three seconds to read each of the approximately 58,300+ names inscribed, it would take over 48 hours to read the entire wall.
Visiting the replica Vietnam Wall is valuable opportunity to share recent history with young people. It’s a bold reminder of courage and sacrifices made.
For families who lost loved ones during the Vietnam War, experiencing the memorial and bearing witness to names that won’t be forgotten, can be comforting and restorative.
Veterans of the Vietnam and other wars often find healing in visits to the replica monument. It — and the events around it — are important acknowledgments of service.
Ongoing Support and Remembrance
Paying tribute at the Traveling Vietnam Wall is one way to show ongoing support for the men and women in the U.S. military. Monuments with the names of the fallen help promise that an individual life won’t be forgotten.
Our book, “Fallen Never Forgotten: Vietnam Memorials in the USA” has a similar goal. Through photographs and detailed listings of names by state, “Fallen Never Forgotten” has become a guide to monuments across the country.
The book is for veterans and their families. It offers a chance to visually visit honorable memorial sites, find information, and read the names of those who didn’t return home.
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