The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC was built to honor the members of the US Armed Forces who fought and died during the Vietnam War. The Wall is an opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor, and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices. This commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the U.S. involvement in Vietnam—November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Moving Wall stands as a symbol of America's honor and recognition of the men and women who served and sacrified their lives. Inscribed on the black granite are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave lives or remain missing.
The names are in chronological order, according to the date of casuality. Within each date, the names are listed alphabetized. The POW/MIA's are listed by the date they were reported captured or missing. There are eight (8) women listed and seven were US Army nurses and one was an Air Force nurse. There are sixteen (16) military chaplains listed and the Wall and two were awarded the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award for valor. Although 1959 is marked as the beginning, but Army Captain Harry Cramer was killed October 21, 1957, Air Force Sgt. Richard B, Fitzgibbon Jr. who was killed June 8, 1956, they were added later. On September 7, 1965 AF Sgt Fitzgibbon son, USMC LCpl Richard B. Fitzgibbon III was killed in action.
President Ronald Reagan referred to the Wall as “The Wall That Heals”. Others would say the Wall was built to fulfill a promise we’ll “Never Forget”. We should never forget how our veterans were treated when they came back home.
Visitors to the Vietnam Moving Wall will be able to take a piece of paper and place it over a name on the Wall and rub a wax crayon or graphite pencil over the paper to make a memento of their loved one; whether it was a son or daughter, brother or sister, uncle or aunt, cousin or a dad or a mother. Materials will be provided for the rubbing.
The Wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and will be at Holmen High School from May 8 thru May 11, 2019. The site will be open to the public during the daylight hours and there is no cost to view the Wall.