Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall

Manhattan To Display 'Moving Wall' Veterans Memorial

The wall will be in Manhattan this summer from June 30–July 5, 2023.

The Moving Wall display, is a half-size replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. (To volunteer for this event, see below.)

The Village of Manhattan will have a unique way to honor its veterans this summer, it announced Wednesday. The Vietnam "Moving Wall" is coming to Manhattan June 30– through July 5.

The Village and Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring this event and it will be hosted by the Manhattan American Legion Post 935.

The wall will be displayed in the Wabash Street parking lot in front of the Manhattan Township Building, 230 S. Wabash Street in Manhattan, IL

"When I first visited the wall, I was emotionally overwhelmed," said Manhattan Mayor Mike Adrieansen. "After talking with Trustee Ron Adamski, a former U.S. Navy Veteran and Post member, we thought how great it would be to bring this to Manhattan, paying tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country."

"The Moving Wall" is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for thirty plus years.

Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall.

It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site.

"After speaking with the Mayor and Commander Bob Metzger at a post meeting, the pitch was on to bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to Manhattan," said Trustee Ron Adamski. "Our staff is working hard to make this event the respectful and memorable event that it should be as we honor our armed service members."

"It is a great honor for the Post 935 and the Village of Manhattan to sponsor and host the Moving Wall in our Community," said Commander Bob Metzger of American Legion Post 935. "When we honor our members of the Armed Services who paid the ultimate sacrifice, we are also educating our young people about the story of the United States and the sacrifices made for them to live their lives to the fullest."

Volunteers Needed for: Wall Security, Help with Name Lookup, "Walk the Wall" information, etc. To volunteer, contact Kristen Reinke (815) 418-2053 or kreinke@villageofmanhattan.org