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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • 'Moving Wall' was moving tribute

  • Many people who have never had the chance to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., had the chance to see a smaller replica and not have to travel so far.
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  • Many people who have never had the chance to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., had the chance to see a smaller replica and not have to travel so far.
    The "Moving Wall" — a half-size replica of the memorial wall in the nation’s capital that has traveled across the nation for close to 30 years now and touched the lives of millions — was in Licking this past weekend as part of the town’s Fourth of July celebration.
    Suzie Blackburn, with Licking Downtown Inc., said close to 500 people attended the opening ceremony at the old city park Friday morning.
    According to a program from the event, there were several activities held throughout the weekend, including guest speakers, a Gold Star ceremony and Warrior Walk both held Saturday, and the reading of the names took place at Friday’s opening ceremony and Sunday’s closing ceremony.
    There also was a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony held Friday followed by a blessing of the wall.
    The wall was brought to the Texas County town by Licking Downtown Inc., the City of Licking and Licking Memorial VFW Post 6337 along with the Licking Chamber of Commerce and with the help of dozens of businesses, individuals and agencies who donated to the traveling wall.
    Among those that helped raise money were the Licking Elementary School students, who raised about $924 to bring the wall to Licking through a penny drive, Blackburn said. The fourth-grade class raised the most — more than $200, Blackburn said.
    The last time the Moving Wall was in this area was in St. James in 2006.

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