Originally created 07/06/06

A moving wall



For some, it's an emotionally wrenching experience. For others, it's sad or sentimental. For still others, it's inspirational, patriotic and educational. Or it can be all of the above.

However it strikes you, the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial - on display through Sunday at Aiken's Citizens Park on Banks Mill Road - shouldn't be missed, especially if you haven't seen it before. But don't miss it even if you have.

Adding to the dramatic impact are the area military and retired military who will be guarding the memorial during its brief stay, which is sponsored by the local Marine Corps League.

The "Wall That Heals" pays artistic, dignified tribute to U.S. military casualties in one of the nation's most unpopular wars by listing all those Americans known to have been killed in the tragic conflict - 58,195 names in all.

Those who respect the sacrifices U.S. troops have made, even for an unpopular cause, and who have seen the memorial - either the original in the nation's capital or the traveling wall - have found it to be an extraordinarily moving experience.

Try not to miss it - it's the traveling wall's only visit to the CSRA this year.