WOODLAND PARK, NJ - The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall arrived Thursday morning in Garret Mountain in Woodland Park, with a massive police and fire escort from local, county and state officials. It made its way through town, driving past Beatrice Gilmore School, where students waved American flags as the procession passed by.
This "moving wall" is a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for over 30 years. The 72 black panels contain the 58,318 names of those who never came home. It is a way for those who cannot get to or have not been to Washington, DC to experience the Vietnam Wall. It was available for viewing all day Friday and through the weekend. The park is open from sunrise to sunset. Veterans will have 24 hour access.
On Saturday morning, a dedication ceremony was held with the assistance of dozens of local, county and state official. The names of the 83 residents from Passaic County whose names are etched on the wall were read by local officials.