HALFMOON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC has made its way to Halfmoon Town Park. Opening ceremonies begin at 2 p.m.
Panel by panel, volunteers are putting together the wall for more than 58,000 thousand people who paid the ultimate price in the Vietnam War.
A motorcycle escort lead the way for a traveling Vietnam Veteran Memorial; one that Vietnam vet Ed Jordan has seen before.
“Very moving, very moving the gratification is unexplainable,” he said.
He’s among the dozens of volunteers helping to set up the wall at Halfmoon Town Park. Most of them are veterans, like Bill Wink, a patriot guard rider, who wants to give the vets the honor they’ve earned.
“Things were a lot different, a lot of the people here who served didn’t get the respect that they deserved,” said Wink.
Senator Kathy Marchione, who helped bring the wall to Halfmoon also spoke to NEWS10.
“It’s the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and we couldn’t think of anything more respectful than to bring the moving wall to my district,” she said.
Bringing a half-size replica of the memorial that calls our Nation’s Capital home.
Washington DC is a very beautiful tribute to the men and women who have died in Vietnam and this just brings it closer to home.
Allowing everyone to pay their respects, Vietnam veterans like Ed, to pay a visit to their fallen comrades.
“The gratification is unexplainable,” said Ed.
The wall will be in Halfmoon until Monday, opening at 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. at night during which volunteers will read each and every name on the wall.
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