ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - A local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association announced Wednesday afternoon a moving tribute coming to Elmira this summer.  

The Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 803 is eagerly anticipating the arrival of The Moving Wall. The Moving Wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam memorial in Washington D.C., will be coming to Elmira in July 2022.   

The Wall will be installed on June 30th at Eldridge Park and be open 24 hours a day until the 4th of July. Vietnam Veteran Bob Brill says bringing The Moving Wall to Elmira is about sharing history with the community.  

“Well, we all have crazy ideas but last year we went through a bunch of agent orange situations, you get to thinking how do you leave your message for the next generation to come in,” Brill said. “The wall is part of our message.”  

Brill says The Moving Wall is a focal point in the message he wants to leave behind. He hopes bringing this physical piece of history will help educate the younger generation on how important it is to honor our vets.  

“I believe this is a way that the Vietnam veterans can come back and say, ‘C'mon future generations, take care of the generations we got now who are veterans and learn from our experience,’” Brill said. “Now it’s time to say, ‘Let’s pass the torch to the next generation.’”  

The Horseheads American Legion Riders will provide an escort when the wall comes to Eldridge Park. Director Joe Sullivan feels honored to be serving local veterans this way.  

“It was kind of special for me because I grew up in the area so I was at Eldridge Park most of my life from my childhood,” Sullivan said. “Now, to be part of the riders and to be tasked to escort this wall in is something really special.”  

The Moving Wall will serve as the centerpiece of several days' worth of community events. The Wall aims to bring the community together and recognize veterans of all branches of time and service. Volunteers will also be needed to help support ceremonies and activities throughout the week.