Moving Wall Comes to Owego
A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Mall is on display in Owego.
July 19, 2012
Owego (WENY) - A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Mall is on display in Owego. The traveling wall helps veterans heal from the war, and bring it to those who may never see the original in Washington, DC. Today, dozens flocked to the memorial to pay their respects to those who gave their life in Vietnam. Michael Donovan a Vietnam veteran says it means a lot to see the wall in person.
“This right now, welcomes us, gives us chance to hear the thank you's, gives us chance to see the names right here.”
Dozens of community members gathered to meet the Wall, which holds special meaning. For some, they were at a loss for words.
"It's hard to explain, it's uh, it's people that you met for a short period of time that you lost and what recall back then, still lingers,” says Veteran Angelo Benetucci.
The goal of the traveling wall is to bring healing to veterans who didn't return home to open arms.
"We are one of a kind generation,” says Bob Owen. “We've opened the eyes of a lot of veterans organizations with what do and our model for the VVA is never again for troops that come home and feel unjust and unwanted.”
More than 40 names on the wall are fallen vets from Tioga County. The wall is also a reminder of a wound that may never heal. This wall will be here until Sunday. Anybody is welcome to come here and pay their respects to those who fought for our country. Donations from the day go back to VFW and the American legion to help rebuild from the flood. Friday night a band will play music from the Vietnam era starting at 7 and there will be a closing ceremony on Sunday at 4 P.M.