The Moving Wall is a two hundred forty three feet long replica, about half the size of the original on the National Mall.
The replica has a unique modular design that allows for portability. It has been touring the cities and towns across the US for 34 years leaving an imprint of education, healing, acknowledgement and inspiration.
We will also be offering a satellite parking lot at the site of the former Newport Grand. Shuttle buses will be running Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Thanks to the Carpionato Group, Viking Tours of Newport, and Durham School Services for assisting with this parking option.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, September 19 at 9 a.m. Processional Order of March. An escort of the Moving Wall from Middletown into Newport, led by local police departments and veterans motorcycle groups. Upon arrival, we will have a blessing ceremony, followed by the assembly of the Wall onto it’s foundation for the next four days. Thursday’s events will conclude with a candlelight vigil at 7:30pm with music, the Old Glory Flag Ceremony, a KIA remembrance with the reading of names of the RI Veterans killed in Vietnam.
Friday, September 20, Opening Ceremony will begin at 10:30 and include music, a Proclamation by the City of Newport, and speakers sharing their perspective and experience as Vietnam Veterans, including Former RI Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and Father Phil Salois.
Saturday, September 21, 12:00 noon, a lecture about the Army Corps of Engineers. Beginning at 1:00pm, the US Vietnam War Commemoration Recognition Ceremony, including a Proclamation by the Town of Middletown, the Soldiers Cross ceremony, and reflections on their service by Peggy Zarek, Dan Thurston and Daniel Evangelista.
Sunday, September 22, 1:00pm, the US Vietnam War Commemoration Recognition Ceremony, including a Proclamation by the Town of Portsmouth, and reflections on their service by Frank Grzyb, Ken Garthee and John Ciummo.
Monday, September 23, The Moving Wall Closing Ceremony will be led by music from the Navy Band Northeast, and a reading from Rudy Borgueta and other veterans. The ceremony will conclude with a benediction, and then volunteers will help return the Wall to it’s truck before departure.