‘I’m 71 years old, Army infantry officer, and I still cry every time I see my friend’s name’ – California News

‘I’m 71 years old, Army infantry officer, and I still cry every time I see my friend’s name’ – California News

While many people go their whole lifetime without seeing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in the nation’s capital, desert residents will soon have an opportunity to see a scale replica much closer to home.

“The Moving Wall,” a half-size version of the war memorial which moves around the country, will be in Desert Hot Springs in June, thanks to efforts from local veterans, the city’s Community and Cultural Affairs Commission, and donations from individuals and businesses.

Vietnam Army veteran Eddie Johnson helped bring the wall to the desert city in 2011–when it was displayed in the baseball field at Desert Hot Springs High School–and he is helping to bring it back again this summer. Johnson estimated 1,500 people visited the wall during its previous stint in the city.

For the Purple Heart recipient, seeing the wall return will be a moving experience. Johnson said he got teary-eyed discussing the prospect at a recent meeting.

“It means honor and respect, because those people on that wall are our heroes and they’ll never be forgotten,” he said.

Johnson said it was important to remember the more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives in service, especially given the disrespect many who served in Vietnam were shown at the time.

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