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The Moving Wall Brings Back Memories

By Staff | Jul 26, 2016

THE MOVING WALL was a moving experience for veterans and residents. The names of 58,307 Vietnam Veterans are memorialized on The Wall. This half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial was on display at Wild Rose Casino &?Resort in Emmetsburg Thursday through Monday. During opening ceremonies, Amy Rubel, General Manager of Wild Rose Casino &?Resort, and Cliff Christensen, Director of Veterans Affairs for Palo Alto County, welcomed guests. Speakers were Col. Bob King, Executive Director of Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, and Col. Lucretia M. McClenney, Consultant with DoD Vietnam Commemoration Office. “We remember, recognize and honor Vietnam veterans and recognize what they did,” said Col.King. “We thank you for your service. You helped make this country, this state, this community a better pace than what it was. The Moving Wall is a healing legacy for millions of people. These absent friends will never be forgotten.” Col. McClenney stated “The true cost of war is measured in lives. Some came home profoundly affected and some did not come home. It’s time we step up to what we should have done many years ago.” Memorial wreaths were placed at The Moving Wall. Volunteers served as Honor Guards, assisting people as they located the names of fallen friends and relatives on The Wall. Viewing the memorial wall, one Vietnam veteran said, “Every sight, every sound, every smell brings back memories.” There are 867 Iowans listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Wild Rose Casino &?Resort hosted dinners for veterans. Guest speakers recognized veterans for their service to country and community. Closing ceremonies were held Monday morning. --Jane Whitmore photo