History of the Vietnam War
The history of the Vietnam War is complicated and lengthy. No matter what an individual’s thoughts about the war itself, it cannot be argued that thousands of people died and many more were casualties, prisoners of war or missing in action.
In order to begin to acknowledge the sacrifices made during the Vietnam War a memorial was conceived. In late 1982 the Vietnam Memorial was completed in our nation’s capital. This was a step in the right direction toward healing the figurative wounds we incurred from the very unwanted war.
It took a few more years before the dream could be realized for a version of this memorial to reach beyond those who had the means to travel to DC and so The Moving Wallwas born in 1984. Thanks to John Devitt, a Vietnam Vet himself and a small group of his dedicated friends.
Event Sponsored by Memorial Funeral Homes
Memorial Funeral Homes has decided to sponsor the event after being approached by local Vietnam Veteran, Paul Croce about ways to be more involved with the veteran community on the island. Paul served as a Captain in the US Army, HHC, 45th Engineer Group, Republic of Vietnam from 1966-1967 and is currently an active member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 325.
The environment at The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial needs to be:
- Be reflective and contemplative in character;
- Harmonize with its surroundings;
- Make no political statement about the war;
- Neither the organizers or any other vendors may use this time or location for profit.
As the Vietnam War generation is getting older it seems important to give every opportunity for healing those remaining personal wounds.
Paul said, “As a Vietnam veteran myself, I am familiar with the environment encountered by Vietnam vets returning home. We did not receive the nation’s gratitude nor the public’s respect for our military service as veterans do now and as they did before that unpopular war. Very often returning Vietnam veterans were vilified.”
Call for Volunteers and Support
- We will be creating an organizing committee representing different stakeholders and participants
- The committee will need to establish contacts with veterans organizations, city leadership, educational institutions, and local businesses.
- Volunteers are required on site during entire stay of the memorial to provide assistance to visitors searching for names, professional emotional and grief support, site security, and safety with first responders on site.
- The cost to bring the Wall to Newport will be approximately $50,000. This will cover the fees of the Wall and all infrastructure and security needed per the Moving Wall agreement.
- We hope to welcome sponsors at varying levels of financial commitment or in kind services. Please let us know if you are interested.