Moving Wall in Haverhill asks us to remember
The American Veteran’s Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall has been shown across the United States for 15 years. Organizers of the project say its mission is “to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember men and women who served, and to pay specific tribute to those who gave all in that service. “ COURTESY
The traveling exhibit is an 80-percent-size replica of the permanent Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the large, black wall that stands in Washington, D.C., bearing the names of more than 58,000 American veterans who died during that Southeast Asian war.
The fairgrounds off Route 10 near the bridge to Newbury, Vt., is the only site in the area, according to organizers of the visit, large enough to accommodate the 370-foot-long wall and the expected throng.
Fortier of Woodsville, a retired New Hampshire state trooper and now an investigator for the Grafton County Attorney’s Office in North Haverhill, was already chairman of the Haverhill-Newbury 250th Celebration Committee when he added the duties of helping coordinate five days of events surrounding the memorial.
“This observance is intended to honor any veteran, living and deceased. There are going to be former prisoners of war present, along with Gold Star mothers. Upper Valley students from the Upper Valley, in both New Hampshire and Vermont, have been invited to attend (Thursday and Friday). They’ll be arriving by bus. Four hundred motorcycle riders will be here next Sunday; they’ll ride past the memorial,” Fortier said.
Friday, May 24 at noon and 6 p.m. — Law Enforcement, Firefighters and EMS Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m. — Recognizing local veterans of all conflicts Sunday, May 26 at noon — Veterans’ motorcycle groups “Ride to the Wall” Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. — Honors will be given in memory of World War II veterans: Wilson “Stub” Keith, William White, Russell Hatch and Harry Williams.
Visitors to the site may scroll the “Events” tab to find updated daily details of ceremonies and recognitions. There is no admission charge.
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