Moving Memorial Honors Vietnam Veterans

Posted at 11:18 PM, Nov 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 00:35:14-05

A traveling memorial honoring Vietnam Veterans stopped in Springfield for three days this week.

The Moving Wall was made to be a half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that sits in Washington, D.C., which lists the name of each soldier who died in the war.

"I've seen so many full grown men, fellow soldiers, just break down so bad," said Robert Elliott, a Vietnam veteran who helped bring the wall to Springfield. "It's just hard to explain. It's moving."

Volunteers helped build the wall at Springfield Memorial Gardens, where several veterans are buried. Elliott said the process to bring the monument to Robertson County began two years ago.

"This is recognition for the veterans that had no recognition," Elliott said.

Recognition Elliott said has also been deserved by those who survived the war.

"Some veterans got egged. You stuck out to the public because you were short haired, so they knew you were military," he said. "War is so terrible and that was a terrible war. A war we could never win. We just came home and tried to blend in."

The memorial was set to stand in Springfield until Monday morning. Volunteers were scheduled to staff the site all the way through Sunday night.