Monday, October 17, 2011

The Traveling Vietnam Wall - Closing Day

The Ride of Honor and Closing Ceremony for the American Veterans Traveling Tribute featuring the Traveling Vietnam Wall was held at the Somerset County Park Commission's North Branch Park in Bridgewater, NJ, on the afternoon of October 16th.

The ceremony began with the Rolling Thunder Ride of Honor...

The closing ceremony included the Honor Guard from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, singing of the National Anthem by Somerville's Lena Acosta, comments by Somerset County Park Commission Director Raymond Brown, Freeholder Patrick Scaglione, Rolling Thunder President Gary Scheffmeyer, Vietnamm Veterans of America Chapter 452 President John LeGates, the benediction by Temple Shalom Rabbi Ron Isaacs, and the playing of Taps...

And The Wall presided over it all. Visitors walked the length of The Wall commenting on the size and the number of names while parents tried to explain The Wall. Others took photographs of the entire wall and, often, searched for that one particular name - or more than one. They made rubbings of names.

Many reached out and touched The Wall and that special name...


Photographs courtesy of Susan Gulliford and George Mariasz.
Slideshow by Susan Gulliford.

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