Moving Wall returns to Mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Moving Wall returns to Mid-Michigan

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

A small reminder of the casualties of war is back in Mid-Michigan.

The Moving Wall is a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. It travels all across the country.

Thursday morning it arrived at the American Legion Post 443 in Sanford where it was assembled by volunteers.

The opening ceremony took place at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public around the clock.

The closing ceremony is July 18 at 2 p.m.

It has been 22 years since the Moving Wall was in Midland County.

On Thursday, Dan Gudshinsky remembered 30 of his friends on the wall.

"I've aged. I've gotten older. When I reflect on these names, their faces never aged and that will always be in my memory," he said.

Hundreds of people gathered at the American Legion post to help guide the memorial.

Lela Toner said the original wall in Washington D.C. is so far away and the Moving Wall makes it easier to remember her brother Earl.

"I miss him so much. He was my oldest brother. We were best friends. I lost my best friend," Toner said.

Gudshinsky said the memories of his friends can live on through the wall.

"From my heart to my soul, I think of men who were so brave and bold. Courage was their beacon and giving was their soul," he said.

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