Recently the writer of this piece had the privilege of addressing the Vietnam Veteran Association, Chapter 1078 in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was an uplifting experience to be able to associate with so many outstanding representatives of the great Vietnam Veteran Generation. The chapter was celebrating the fact they had just signed up their 202nd member. They are providing a wonderful example for a members of the VVA.
The work they are doing in VVA Chapter 1078 is helping America come to the realization its owes the Vietnam Veterans a great deal of respect and gratitude. Upcoming events like the one in Florence, South Carolina typifies this changing attitude toward Vietnam Veterans.
On October 27 through the 29th, Francis Marion University will host the Moving Wall Memorial. The visit is described in an article found in The Patriot, Francis Marion University’s award-winning student newspaper titled: The Moving Wall memorial to visit FMU submitted by: Rachel Droze, Editor-in-Chief.
The university will host an opening ceremony for the wall at 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 outside the Rogers Library followed by a reception at Wallace House. Gen. James Livingston, a Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, will give the address for the ceremony. The color guard from Mullins High School and a local brass quintet will also be a part of the ceremony. Dr. Jon Tuttle, who is currently teaching a course on Vietnam and American culture, led the efforts to bring the wall to FMU.
According to Tuttle, the proposal for the event was well received by university officials including the president Dr. Fred Carter.
It is highly recommended that all in the area visit the Moving Wall event to show respect for the 58,000 plus individuals whose names are on the wall. The Moving Wall is half the size of the actual Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and has been on tour across the U.S. for more than 30 years.
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