Vietnam Traveling Wall in Vero Beach

The Vietnam Traveling Wall Memorial stopped in Vero Beach, Florida - not far from our house so we took the family to check it out. It's called the Wall That Heals. I think it's wonderful that people who want to visit the Wall don't have to go to DC to do it. It's free, open to the public and that makes it more accessible for everyone!  

From their official website:

"Our Wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC, it stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end. This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their home town who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington."

Going to see the wall was free; the entire rest of the event cost money, of course. At the event was some military themed things such as displays, tables of gear for sale (but why? why buy that stuff?), a gun show, a bunch of Trump/Pence signs, some super unhealthy food trucks, a bounce house for kids and a classic car show. And there was also a Gold Star motorcycle that was donated by Gold Star mothers.  

I may have served in the military but these events aren't my thing. I'm not a 2nd amendment fanatic who attends gun shows, has a stockpile of weapons, support doomsday notions or the current president. (eek) However, I wanted to see the Wall. It's important to pay respect to the thousands of lives impacted by the Vietnam War. As a war veteran myself, I feel like the loss of life from war is still utterly pointless. What have we accomplished in Iraq? In Afghanistan? Vietnam wasn't my war so I don't feel as personally connected to it but I do feel empathy toward the bitterness surrounding the war. All those families impacted, all of those children left without a parent or with a parent who mentally never survived the war ... Personally, I don't think I'll ever understand why people who have not personally sacrificed in war would ever vote or vote in politicians who want to go to war. They don't understand its implications ...

Nonetheless, I got to see the Wall. There was also a trailer that had an abundance of information and a book of names with the locations on the wall. The book ... geez ... it was so thick. The names were printed so small. So much death. So much sorrow.

Ironically, at the event there was the promotion of weapons. As I mentioned, there was a gun show there. Nothing quite like honoring those who were killed by violence than promoting a weapon of violence. #ironic

The best part besides the event was the bounce house, at least according to my daughter. My daughter had a blast. I love how kids are so quick to leap into fun and giggles. 

Overall it was a good day. The weather was beautiful. It was great seeing the wall. We got to take tons of photos of our daughter playing with military things. Kids love climbing and touching stuff so getting to climb military vehicles is super fun for them. And, a bounce house? Forgettaboutit. It was a great way to spend the day.

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