Images from the Moving Wall Exhibit and Ceremonies

Wounded Vietnam Veteran Mike Stubbs recites the 105 names on the Wall from Mecklenburg County.
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Early morning viewing.
During closing ceremony.
Independence JROTC cadets honor the motorcade.
View of the Wall.
Alan Burgess gives invocation.
Close-up of some names of the fallen.
Ringing the bell at opening ceremony after each name of the fallen.
Image at dawn.
In remembrance.
In memory.
Visitors at the Wall.
Never forgotten.
21 rifle volley by USMC.
Veteran salutes wreath.
Some attendees at the closing ceremony.
Aerial View.
Drone photo.
Brothers singing a song in tribute to the fallen.
Honoring 1969.
Veteran hanging a wreath.

All photo images were taken by local photographer, Paul Imirie

The Moving Wall came to Mint Hill on October 10th and departed on October 14th. It was a solemn occasion to honor those Americans who served and made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War from 1959-1975. There are 58,193 names on the wall, and the current count continues to increase as the remains from those who were still missing in action are returned home to their final rest.

America paid a terrible price for it’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Beyond the 58,193 dead, there were 150,000 wounded and 1,600 missing in action. Between the ages of 18-22 killed in action, this age group represents 69% of the souls listed on the wall. There were 38,209 US Army, and 14,838 USMC members or 91% of all fatalities, including all the casualties taken were primarily from these two branches of the military.

All veterans want to thank the Town of Mint Hill for bringing the exhibit to Veterans Memorial Park. Especially the veterans who served in the military during the conflict. Special thanks goes out to Sheryl Smith and Steve Frey who worked endlessly to make sure this event was special down to every detail. Kudos to our Mint Hill finest the Police and Fire departments for their involvement and support.

Also, many thanks goes out to all those who participated and so graciously volunteered their valuable time to make this a dignified event. Furthermore, we thank the Parks and Recreation personnel who did a fantastic job in turning the memorial area into a beautiful site for all visitors, family members, and friends who came to view the exhibit and attend the ceremonies.

Finally, to the veterans who participated from the various local area organizations which include the Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 634, Veterans of Foreign Wars-VFW Post 4059, United States Marine Corps League-Detachment 750, Patriot Guard Riders, Honor the Warriors, and the newly formed Mint Hill American Legion Post 555.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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