Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

2022 Information

2020 Information

Opening Ceremony 9/10/2020

Hello, all!

We are so honored to help with the efforts to care for the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall! This is one of four traveling walls currently touring and came from Florida. The wall is escorted by Vietnam Veterans and volunteers Doc Russo and “Lucky” every single day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas! These men care for and ensure the delivery of the wall to locations all over and are proud to once again serve their country. Like the Wall in Washington D.C., this wall has all 58,283 names from the original carving. Since additional names can’t be added to the traveling wall, there are two blank panels at the beginning and end for those whose names should have been added later. It is a way to honor them and their sacrifice. Another extraordinary fact about this particular traveling wall is that it is the only one of the four traveling walls that is actually built to scale!

Spending just a few minutes with “Lucky” will net you several of his amazing “Little Wall Miracle” stories! One even includes a pair of friends who served together in Vietnam, then didn’t see each other again until they met at a panel on the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall while both looking for the same name of a brother who is memorialized there! Come to find out, they had lived within eight miles of each other for years! If you get a chance, stop by and talk to “Lucky”. Tell him Sam from the EMA sent you for some “Little Wall Miracle” stories!

Among the other vets you will meet will be the group running the Locator tent. At this tent, you can give the name of your relative, friend, or whomever you wish to find, and they will direct you to the appropriate panel number. The names are in alphabetical order by year on the wall, but it is far easier to ask one of these great gentlemen for the exact location.

Our first batch of photos are in order, panel by panel, but the second batch is a bit out of order. Hopefully, it won’t take away from your experience if you can’t go out to visit the wall yourself!

Here are the photos from a little over half of the wall.

Second batch:

At the end of the wall near the Locator tent, you will find information about the wall and these amazing art pieces:

Here is the Locator tent where family of those on the wall can receive a pin, proudly displaying their support:

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Traveling Wall Website

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Published by camdensam

I became the Director of Camden County, MO Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in August 2021 after previously serving as the agency's Deputy Director for a year. As the Director, I manage the day-to-day operations of the EMA, work on the Local Emergency Operations Plan, manage the Facebook, Twitter, and website for the EMA, oversee the webpages for the Camden County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), provide oversight and run exercises for the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and work with the Camden County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). I hold a general class amateur radio license, call sign KE0LMY. I am also the official "Bee Keeper" of our mascot, Buzzer the Bee, who wants you to BEE Prepared!!! I'm a certified CERT trainer and WebEOC trainer for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. I maintain an EXTENSIVE and ever-growing list of credentials and train vigorously with first responder agencies, other EMAs, and with anyone I believe will help me become a better, more well-rounded emergency management director.

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