STACYVILLE, Maine — The Moving Wall, a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on display for the next few days at Katahdin High School.
The Moving Wall, which has been touring the country since 1984, will be in Stacyville through June 24. This will be its only visit to Maine this year, though it has been in the state before, including twice in Stacyville, in 1999 and 2002.
The visit is sponsored by the Sherman Area Memorial VFW Post 2299 and its Ladies Auxiliary.
The wall is made of aluminum panels painted with a two-part polyurethane gloss black that gives them a mirror-like finish. They are mounted to angular aluminum frames that are put together to create a wall 252.83 feet long. That is slightly longer than half the length of the memorial in Washington, D.C., which is 493.5 feet.
As of Jan. 1, 2013, there are 58,282 names listed on the memorial, which is dedicated to the 2.7 million men and women who served in the U.S. military in Vietnam.
Several ceremonies are planned while The Moving Wall is visiting here.
Local VFW post Commander Wayne Guiggey and Auxiliary President Allison Roy were set to officially welcome and open the wall for viewing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, guest speakers during a special ceremony in front of the wall will include Department of Maine VFW Commander David Olson; Vietnam Veterans of America Maine State Council President John Wallace; Major General Stephen Nichols, Ret.; and state Rep. Sheryl Briggs of Mexico. That night there also will be a patriotic cantata led by Roy beginning at 7 p.m. inside the school auditorium.
All Maine Vietnam POW-MIA’s will be recognized at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, in front of the wall. At that time there will be a “Table For One” ceremony, full of symbolism about the men “missing from our midst,” Guiggey said. That ceremony will be followed by a balloon release.
The Wall will close at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 24.