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Wall serves as a moving tribute to fallen soldiers

September 6, 2009
Morning Journal News

Although our working men and women are usually the focus of the Labor Day holiday, this year in Columbiana County, we're fortunate to have the Moving Wall visiting, allowing us to also pay tribute to the young American servicemen and women who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.

This mobile tribute is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in Washington, D.C., and is on display in East Liverpool's Thompson Park through Tuesday. Visitors can view the memorial during the day or night. The names of 58,260 American military personnel who were killed or remain missing in action are carved on the wall. The names of those killed from Columbiana County and Hancock County, W.Va. were read aloud during Friday night's opening ceremony at the park.

This is the second time the memorial has visited East Liverpool. Its first visit during Memorial Day weekend in 1994 drew tens of thousands to the site. The Moving Wall has also drawn large crowds when it visited several other Columbiana County communities over the past 27 years since it was dedicated in 1982.

Many volunteers, who donated time and money to bring the memorial to East Liverpool are to be commended for their hard work.

We hope you'll take advantage of the memorial's location in our area and take the opportunity to visit it and use it as a mobile history lesson for people who are too young to have experienced this dark era in our nation's history. We must forever be grateful to those who have given their lives for our country. Show your appreciate and respect for them this weekend by visiting the Moving Wall.



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