WILMINGTON, MA — Veterans Services Director Lou Cimaglia recently spoke with WCTV about the upcoming return of the Vietnam Moving Wall to Wilmington.
“The Vietnam Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the wall that’s in Washington with over 58,000 names of those men and women that were killed during the war, four of which are from the town of Wilmington,” explained Cimaglia.
“10 years ago, in September 2008, the town hosted the Moving Wall. This July 26-30, the town will have the honor of hosting the wall again,” continued Cimaglia. “The wall will be on the Town Common, open 24/7 for people to visit. There will be volunteers helping out if you’d like to look up a loved one’s name.”
“Every night at 7pm, we will be having a different themed ceremony,” added Cimaglia. “The first night will be geared towards the four gentlemen from Wilmington who lost their lives. Saturday night is Public Safety Night… The final night is Welcome Home Night when we’re going to welcome here every Vietnam veteran in attendance and Scruffy from the Dropkick Murphys will be playing the bagpipes.”
Cimaglia noted that challenge coins ($10) and t-shirts ($20) are available for sale at the Veterans Services Office. Proceeds will help fund the wall’s visit.
“It’s going to be a powerful week. Just like 10 years ago, I’m sure the town of Wilmington will step up and come out to show their respect to the men and women who served during Vietnam,” predicted Cimaglia.
Watch Cimaglia’s remarks, spliced together with footage from the Moving Wall’s 2008 visit, below, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television:
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