ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Moving Wall has been venturing across the nation for over 30 years. The half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. was started by John Devitt in 1984. Devitt visited the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial in 1982. According to the Moving Wall's website, Devitt felt a positive power there and wanted to bring that feeling to others who would not have an opportunity to travel to D.C. 

The first time the traveling wall was on display was in Tyler, Texas. 

As people were identified and declared to be casualties of the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Memorial added the names of those killed in the conflict over time. The Moving Wall did the same after every traveling season ended. Their traveling seasons run from April to October.


Friday morning, several flowers, placards and other memorabilia sits underneath the names of family members, friends, comrades and loved ones.

On a fairly large poster board, sits a large picture of a young soldier with the name Sergeant Robert Mosso above it. His name, listed on panel 46e, line 39. Mosso is from Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. He died at 22-years-old while he was on his way with his squad to help out a platoon because they were ambushed just outside of Khe Sahn. His dress blues are currently at the Tioga County Historical Society.

His family, still remembering his life almost 50 years after the war ended.