Rolling Thunder NC 1, in conjunction with the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation and the Dogwood Chapter of the Gold Star Mothers, will host a Gold Star Family Ceremony Thursday, November 9, at 6pm at the Vietnam Moving Wall located on the museum’s parade field. The ceremony will begin as the Rolling Thunder Flame of Freedom leads the procession of Gold Star Family members of those lost during the Vietnam War to the center of the Vietnam Moving Wall were there will be a candle lighting ceremony. Once the candle ceremony is completed the procession will continue to the Iron Mike statue if front of the museum. According to Mike Lynch, Executive Director of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation, while this special ceremony will focus on Gold Star Families of Vietnam Veterans, “we encourage everyone from the community to join us to remember and honor our veterans.”
The Vietnam Moving Wall was designed to allow people who can’t make the journey to our nation’s capital to see the memorial. Visitors will be able to leave notes, mementos, and make etchings of names on the wall. To celebrate Heroes Homecoming, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation will again host the Vietnam Moving Wall at the museum’s parade field Thursday, November 9, through Sunday, November 12.
The half-size replica of The Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC will allow visitors to experience seeing the more than 58,000 names of those service men and women who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. Rolling Thunder and other volunteers will assist with locating names for visitors. The Vietnam Moving Wall will be on the museum grounds and open to the public 24 hours each day. It will be a time to pause and remember the 58,479 U. S. service members who died in Vietnam.