Sat. March 30, Silver Wings and Arnold Air Society volunteered jointly at The Moving Wall on display in Cottonwood. John Devitt, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built the memorial wall as a dedication to the original 1982 Washington DC memorial wall. The Moving Memorial Wall was constructed as a half scale model of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. They felt that the experience should be shared with the rest of the country and The Moving Wall has been traveling around the country ever since.
The wall was very well attended with a memorial services each day and a luminaria ceremony on Saturday. The wall was on display from March 28-31 for all to see. Paper was available for visitors to take rubbings of the names and the numerous volunteers and veterans were there to lend a hand in finding the names. Veterans manned the wall and told stories of the war and of friends they had lost. A ride of hundreds of motorcycles went to Sedona and back as a tribute to the fallen followed by a picnic lunch at the park.
Many people from many walks of life were in attendance to pay their respects. Veterans and protesters from the 60’s showed up and told their stories to the younger generations, passing the torch as they say. The weather was sunny despite the somber subject and new life was breathed into the thousands of names on the wall. It was a great opportunity for Silver Wings and Arnold Air Society to show their support of the veterans and soldiers who defend our borders.