WILMINGTON, MA — The Vietnam Moving Wall is coming back to Wilmington.
At this week’s Selectmen Meeting, the board unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Veterans Director Lou Cimaglia to display the Vietnam Moving Wall on the Town Common, from July 26 through July 30.
The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. It been touring the country for more than 30 years. The wall was previously on display in Wilmington back in 2008.
“The wall, which contains the name of every service person killed in action during the Vietnam War, gives our community and our neighboring communities a special opportunity to have upclose and personal contact with an important symbol of our nation’s heroes,” wrote Cimaglia in his request to the board.
“While the wall is specifically a memorial to our Vietnam War deceased, it also serves as a reminder of the great sacrifices made by servicemen and servicewomen from all conflicts,” continued Cimaglia. “It’s presence in Wilmington affords the opportunity for residents of all ages, faith and political affiliation to be unified in paying tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of American values.”
“The Town of Wilmington did itself proud 10 years ago in 2008,” Cimaglia told the Selectmen after Chairman Champoux finished reading his request. “The couple that travels with the wall remembers the town of Wilmington, the common, the dispaly we put on, and the outpouring of support from the community.”
Cimaglia will provide additional information about the display at the Selectmen’s next meeting on Monday, April 23.
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