Wall of remembrance

With a motorcycle escort from the American Legion Riders, the West Virginia Vietnam Memorial Wall, pictured, arrived at Riverfront Park on Wednesday. The mobile wall will be on display throughout the Point Pleasant Sternwheel Regatta. A ceremony will be conducted at the wall at 1 p.m. July 4 at the park with a 21-gun salute, “Taps” being played and Del. Jim Butler speaking. The wall is made up of 12 panels depicting 732 West Virginians who were killed, held as POW’s and those listed as MIA’s during the Vietnam War. Panels are two feet wide by four feet in height, made of a light composite material. The length of the wall is 13 feet on each of the two-sided sections bringing the total length of the wall to 26 feet. West Virginia’s version of the mobile wall has been in existence for around two years and was brought into that existence by the West Virginia State Council Vietnam Veterans of America. The mobile wall has escorts whenever it travels, including those from the American Legion and the Patriot Guard.