OWEN COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - A special memorial, traveling the country for three decades, made its stop in the Wabash Valley this week.
It's called The Moving Wall and it honors Vietnam veterans.
"Looking at how many names are up there, it's a huge sacrifice. That's somebody's mother, daughter, son, husband,” said Kathy Newman Arthur.
That's the number of heroes' names lining The Moving Wall in Owen County.
It's a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.. Just half the size of the original.
Kathy Newman Arthur’s 4-H fishing team asked specifically to bring this wall to the fairgrounds.
"I think it's good to remind the kids what a Vietnam veteran is, what any of the veterans are,” said Newman.
Newman's husband passed away in 2009. He was Vietnam war veteran.
The idea for brining the wall came from the team.. Who wanted to honor Newman's husband and other veterans.
"They need to know what they are. They need to remember them, not just this war, but all the wars,” said Newman.
This leader is proud of her team for bringing the wall here and the community for sharing in the support.
Owen County has a large population of veterans, many of them leaving their encouraging words along the wall.
"We have a lot of letters up there, pictures, this that and the other left up there,” said Newman.
Newman hopes bring the memorial to the area helps everyone remember the cost of freedom.
"There's over 58,000 names up there. That's a lot of people. They've come from all walks of life. It's extremely important to if they hadn't given up and sacrificed, where would America be now?" said Newman.
The wall has 70 panels that are 70 pounds apiece.
This is the first time teenagers assembled the wall. And it's also the first time a 4-H team brought the wall to their community!
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