Moving Wall aims to educate youth about Vietnam War
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Many people across the Twin Tiers have learned so much from coming to the Moving Wall and learned even more from hearing about veterans' experiences.
One of the major purposes of bringing the memorial to Elmira was to encourage the younger generations to come out and learn. Specifically, VVA Chapter 803 wants to use the week to teach people about what happened and the importance of supporting those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Many kids volunteering at the Memorial Friday afternoon gained a new perspective after seeing the wall and speaking with veterans.
“They should take away all the people that have died during the war and tried to help our country,” Micheal Owerbach, Boy Scout at Troop 43 in Pine City, N.Y., said. “They gave their lives for this country.”
“It's certainly been eye-opening. My grandfather was in Vietnam, so it's been interesting to see what other people were there and learn what they've been through,” Anthony Melville, Volunteer with Civil Air Patrol, said. “It's been a very educational experience.”
The wall is open to the public 24/7 from now until July 4th. More information about upcoming speakers is online.