August 15, 2007 They're words they can never hear often enough—words that were denied them after risking their lives in combat, the political climate eclipsing the moral obligation to say 'Welcome Home' to the Vietnam veterans as they returned to the United States.
Over the past decade, area
residents have had an opportunity to make up for lost time by
welcoming The Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. This week, people will once again be able to say the words 'Welcome Home' as The Moving Wall makes a stop at the VFW Post in Lapeer.
On Thursday, opening ceremonies will take place at 7 p.m. and the names of area veterans whose lives were sacrificed in the war will be read—a part of Lapeer County's history that will be acknowledged, remembered and honored during the Wall's four day visit.
For those who have never
seen the memorial in Washington, D.C., The Moving Wall offers a rare, pensive opportunity to reflect on the Vietnam conflict and the young men and women who did their duty to their country and paid with their lives. The emotional impact is difficult to describe—more than 58,000 names listed one after another after another on a stark and gleaming surface. The Moving Wall brings with it an opportunity for people of all ages to acknowledge this portion of our nation's history and pay tribute at last to the veterans who served in Vietnam.