After a little more than 20 years, Ridgecrest residents are striving to bring back The Moving Wall, a half-scaled replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Ridgecrest Veterans Advisory Council is spearheading the effort, according to Nick Coy.
“There have been a lot of comments on the web about when the wall might be coming back,” Coy said Monday. “We decided to explore it and see how much it will cost and how much interest there might be.”
The wall’s visit has tentatively been scheduled to visit Ridgecrest between June 28 and July 2 for a 24-hour per day showing.
The RVAC is currently seeking donations from the public to help bring what has been described as an emotionally touching memorial of the Vietnam Veterans to Ridgecrest.
Coy said it will cost $5,500 to bring the memorial to Ridgecrest — $2,500 for a deposit due at the end of January and the remaining $3,000 due by June 27.
According to Coy, the reception has been positive in bringing the wall back for a five day visit.
“We put it out on Facebook and the response was really promising and positive. People want to see it again,” Coy said.
The wall has been on display three times in the past: March 26-April 2, 1993, May 26-June 1, 1995 and Nov. 3-9, 1997.
Coy said the Veterans Advisory Council is looking at Freedom Park, next to Ridgecrest City Hall, as the preferred venue.
“It’s the right setting for it,” Coy said.
While only half the size of the actual monument, Coy said it still holds the same impact for people who view it.
“It’s very emotional. In years past, the only wall I’d ever seen was the traveling wall,” Coy said. “Last September, I had the opportunity and honor to go back to Washington DC on Honor Flight and see the actual wall in person … It brings out emotions and reminds people of what was sacrificed.”
Coy said the veterans council will be seeking funding to cover the costs with bringing the memorial here, as well as those covering the cost of hosting it, such as security and the lumber to help set it up.
The Ridgecrest Veterans Advisory Council is 501(c)(3) compliant, meaning that donations are tax deductible. For donation options and other information, please contact: Carol Coy at 760-608-9251.