Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Vietnam Moving Wall at Plymouth

The Moving Wall, a portable half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is on view at Plymouth Memorial State Park on Water Street from June 3 to 8, 2009. American Legion P.F.C. Edward A. Ribeiro Post 40 is hosting the visit.

The Moving Wall, which first went on display in 1984, is worth checking out, even if you’ve seen the original. Maya Lin’s 1982 design is riveting – it’s power coming from all those names of the American war dead etched in the blackness, but also from the visitors as well. I’m not sure if they have nighttime hours in Plymouth, but when it was in Gloucester some years back the memorial was especially striking when specially lit at night.

If you miss this visit, the wall returns to New England later this year – in Boston from Sept. 17 to 21 and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, from Oct. 1 to 5.


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