The Wall That Heals Visits Washington, Utah
LOCATION: Washington UT DATE: October 21 – 24, 2010
The escort began at Primm NV where the Patriot Guard and the American Legion Riders met us. We departed and traveled to Mesquite NV where all had lunch and accumulated more cyclist for the journey through the Virgin River Gorge into Utah. The ride went without a mishap until we reached a construction zone and the truck was cut off by a service vehicle. No damage with exception of an orange barrel went down.
On Thursday we were honored to meet David Chung, a Vietnam Veteran himself wounded in Vietnam. David set up his display of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. He is also the director of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, Inc. Though David lives in Cedar City UT with his wife Cheryl, a nurse Vietnam Veteran, his office is located in Washington DC.
Opening ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park in Washington UT, consisted of Posting of the Colors by the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Horse Detachment on horse back. It was amazing site to see. The ceremony continued with pray and songs by
Snow Canyon Middle school choir. The elementary students led the Pledge of Allegiance. There were several members of the Vietnam Veterans of America gave speeches on their experience in Vietnam and what bringing to Wall to their community meant to them.
Each day we had volunteers from Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 961 and the Uath Air Force ROTC. They assisted with the computer’s and helping people find names on the Wall. ROTC cadets Wyatt and Burton were there every day for at least 10 hours to make sure their cadets were in line and doing the duty they were assigned. We would like to commend them for a job well done.
The closing ceremony was held at the Washington Community Center the opening prayer, Expressions of Gratitude by Brad Rich, CFO SkyWest Inc., God Bless America sang by Dave Reber, Pledge of Allegiance led by the Uath Air Force ROTC, Reflections of Healing by Doug Hunt, 50,000 Names sung by Dave Reber, More Reflections Valiant Vietnam Veterans, Fallen Not Forgotten sang by Dave Reber, You Raise Me Up sang by Dave Reber, Preserving The American Dream by Ron Lewis, Capt. US Navy (Ret), Let Freedom Rock sang by Ay Mc Allister, honoring of the wives of veterans for their recognition in support of the military veterans with a presentation of a long stem red rose, God Bless the USA sang by Dave Reber, Amy Mc Allister and the audience, Military Salute, Retire the Colors by Jr ROTC, Visions of Tomorrow by Dan Greathouse and Doug Hunt, and a Closing Prayer.
The singing of God Bless the USA by the audience was a very moving moment for everyone. It appeared to give meaning to what each Veteran had made their sacrifice for. All for preservation for our Freedom and what each had been willing to do for that Freedom.
On Monday the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 961 was there for disassembling and saying our goodbye’s. As at each site, it is hard to say goodbye to the new friends that we have made and the tears and hugs were in abundance. It was a great experience to have shared with so many. We hope that our visit has brought healing to all in the community that had lost a loved one in Vietnam.