History of the Vietnam War

Opening Ceremonies
CAPT Mark Turn, UNN Ret, VFW Post 406 member opens the Moving Wall to Newport.
Candlelight Services
Vietnam Veterans provide candlelight services as all Rhode Island names of those killed were read.

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 Wall was born in 1984. Thanks to John Devitt, a Vietnam Vet himself and a small group of his dedicated friends.

The Moving Wall is a two hundred forty three feet long replica, about half the size of the original on the National Mall.

The replica has a unique modular design that allows for portability. It has been touring the cities and towns across the US for 34 years leaving an imprint of education, healing, acknowledgement and inspiration.

We will also be offering a satellite parking lot at the site of the former Newport Grand.  Shuttle buses will be running Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Thanks to the Carpionato Group, Viking Tours of Newport, and Durham School Services for assisting with this parking option.

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