The Moving Wall
Carrollton residents and visitors to the area gathered Thursday night at The Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The half-size replica has been touring the country since 1984 and was last in Carrollton in 2010. During Thursday night’s opening ceremony for the display at General Butler State Resort Park, Carroll County Judge Executive Bobby Lee Westrick called it a tremendous honor to be involved in bringing the display back to Carroll County. “We dedicate this site as a sacred place in Carroll County where people will gather to take pictures, where veterans will gather to share experiences with others or just stand alone to ponder thoughts they never shared with anyone,” he said. “Use this memorial as a place to heal their very soul,” Westrick said. Mayor Robb Adams, Command Sergeant Major James Supplee and others spoke about the importance of both the replica memorial and the D.C. site during an hourlong program. Members of the American Legion Post 41, Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, Carroll County Schools Honor Guard and the Carrollton National Guard participated in the ceremony. The Moving Wall will remain at the General Butler Resort Park through 5 p.m. Sunday, when government officials and clergy members return for a closing ceremony. A candlelight vigil will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday at the memorial. To learn more about the memorial, visit www.themovingwall.org.