Moving Wall escorted to Eldridge Park
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Locals were cheering for the arrival of the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial Wednesday morning on its escort over to Eldridge Park.
The memorial departed from the Hilton Garden Inn in Horseheads to the park. During the 35-minute trip through Elmira, the memorial stopped at the Woodlawn National Cemetery for an honorary ceremony. The Horseheads American Legion Riders were honored to see the community support as they led Wednesday morning's escort.
“There's a member here from the Vietnam war that was spat on when he got out,” Joseph Sullivan, Advisor for the Horseheads American Legion Riders, said. “Knowing they were disrespected when they got back and to see the respect they're getting today... it felt heartwarming. It was really emotional.”
The Memorial is one of two replicas that travel across the country annually. The Wall will be open to the public for 24 hours, seven days a week at Eldridge Park from June 29th until the 4th of July. More information about the memorial can be found online.