The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on display at Touro Park in Newport from Thursday, September 19th – Monday, September 23rd.
Approximately 243 feet in length, the replica has been touring the cities and towns across the US for 34 years leaving an imprint of education, healing, acknowledgement and inspiration.
“Bringing The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Newport in 2019 is a community effort to honor the many veterans in Newport and throughout all of Aquidneck Island and Rhode Island”, the program for the Newport visit states. “The Moving Wall has been brought here for every single Vietnam vet, especially those whose stories have gone untold and unnamed for too long”.
An escort of the Moving Wall from Middletown into Newport will take place on Thursday, September 19th at 9 am, it will be led by local police departments and veterans motorcycle groups. Upon arrival, organizers will have a blessing ceremony, followed by the assembly of the Wall onto its foundation for the next four days.
Schedule of Events
For a full schedule of events and event details, click here. visit the event program below.
- Thursday, September 19 at 9 a.m. Processional Order of March. An escort of the Moving Wall from Middletown into Newport, led by local police departments and veterans motorcycle groups. Upon arrival, we will have a blessing ceremony, followed by the assembly of the Wall onto its foundation for the next four days. Thursday’s events will conclude with a Candlelight Vigil at 7:30 p.m. with music, the Old Glory Flag Ceremony, a KIA remembrance with the reading of names of the RI Veterans killed in Vietnam.
- Friday, September 20, Opening Ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and include music, a Proclamation by the City of Newport, and speakers sharing their perspective and experience as Vietnam Veterans, including Former RI Chief Justice Frank J. Williams and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, speaking about his experience living in Vietnam.
- Saturday, September 21, 12:00 noon, a lecture about the Army Corps of Engineers. Beginning at 1:00pm, the US Vietnam War Commemoration Recognition Ceremony, including a Proclamation by the Town of Middletown, the Soldiers Cross ceremony, and reflections on their service by Peggy Zarek, Dan Thurston and Daniel Evangelista.
- Sunday, September 22, 1:00pm, the US Vietnam War Commemoration Recognition Ceremony, including a Proclamation by the Town of Portsmouth, and reflections on their service by Frank Grzyb, Ken Garthee and John Ciummo.
- Monday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. The Moving Wall Closing Ceremony will be led by music from the Navy Band Northeast, and a reading from Rudy Borgueta and other veterans. The ceremony will conclude with a benediction, and then volunteers will help return the Wall to its truck before departure.
Each evening, the names of the 209 veterans from Rhode Island who died during the Vietnam War will be read out loud. A list of the names can be found on the back cover of the program below.
According to the events website, Memorial Funeral Homes decided to lead a community effort to bring recognition for our Veterans after being approached by local Vietnam Veteran Paul Croce about the different ways to be more involved with the veteran community on the island. Paul served as a Captain in the US Army, HHC, 45th Engineer Group, Republic of Vietnam from 1966-1967 and is currently an active member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 325. As you can see here, the effort and sponsorship is shared, and growing.
Moving Wall Program
For more information on this event, visit www.movingwallnewport.org.