Bloomington is latest stop on the Vietnam Moving Wall's cross-country tour

By On June 07, 2018

Bloomington is latest stop on the Vietnam Moving Wall's cross-country tour

  • Volunteers carry one of the 70 Vietnam Moving Wall panels that were installed Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Skylar Littlefield, 16 from Grand Terrace, cleans the face of one of the 70 panels being installed of the Vietnam Moving Wall Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beg inning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

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  • Vietnam Marine veteran Fred Corral, 65 from Rialto, helps install the first two panels of the Vietnam Moving Wall Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • A pair of volunteers take a break from installation of the Vietnam Moving Wall to take a closer look at some of the 58,318 names on the wall Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Volunteers pull the first panel of the Vietnam Moving Wall from its traveling crate Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monda y. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Volunteers carry the first panel for installation of the Vietnam Moving Wall Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Volunteers install the first of 70 panels of the Vietnam Moving Wall Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Volunteers carry one of the 70 Vietnam Moving Wall panels that were installed Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Volunteers carry one of the 70 Vietnam Moving Wall panels that were installed Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Vietnam Army veteran Steve Mackey, 68 from Jurupa Valley pulls the first panel of the Vietnam Moving Wall out of it’s shipping container Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Vietnam Marine veteran Ruben Luis, 69 from San Bernardino, helps install the first two panels of the Vietnam Moving Wall Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • < p>Alaina Gaitan, 12 from Grand Terrace, helps clean a panel of the Vietnam Moving Wall as it is being installed Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Skylar Littlefield, 16 from Grand Terrace, cleans the face of one of the 70 panels being installed of the Vietnam Moving Wall Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardi no Sun/SCNG)

  • Volunteers clean some of the 70 panels of the Vietnam Moving Wall during installation Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Vietnam Marine veteran Ruben Luis, 69 from San Bernardino, helps carry one of the 70 Vietnam Moving Wall panels that were installed Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Vietnam Army veteran Steve Mackey (left), 68 from Jurupa Valley, assists Aaron Gray (right), 41 from White Pine, Michigan, as they install the base for the Vietnam Moving Wall Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • Vietnam Marine veteran Fred Corral, 65 from Rialto, helps install the first two panels of the Vietnam Moving Wall Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-ho urs a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

  • A volunteer holds up a panel of the Vietnam Moving Wall as it is being installed Thursday at Ayala Park in Bloomington. Volunteers, many being Vietnam veterans, helped construct the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ayala Park in Bloomington Thursday June 7, 2018. The wall, containing 58,318 names, with 132 being from San Bernardino County, will be on display 24-hours a day beginning Friday and lasting through Monday. (Photo by Will Lester, San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

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BLOOMINGTON â€" Assembling the Vietnam Moving Wall is no small task.

The traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is 251 feet long and, at its center, 8 feet tall. All 70 panels require two men to carry to their destination. Include the time spent building a level platform for the wall to stand on, and the entire process takes ab out four and a half hours.

On Thursday, June 7, Vietnam veterans and helping hands erected the memorial at Ayala Park in Bloomington.

“It’s an honor to have it here,” said Bob Lavin, who served in the Army from 1967 to 1968. “My main purpose is to honor our heroes on the wall and make sure people never forget them.”

The names of 58,318 servicemen and women who died in the Vietnam War are etched onto the wall.

Since 1984, the memorial has afforded families across the country the opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones lost; 132 San Bernardino County veterans are listed, including four from Bloomington.

“To me, these veterans are heroes,” said Lavin, who, as chair of the Veteran Wall of Freedom Committee, has helped bring similar walls Inland.

About two years ago, then-incoming American Legion Auxiliary California District 25 President Patti Galatioto enlisted Lavin to facilitate the wall’s visit.

With a grandfather who served in World War I, a father who served in World War II and a brother who served in Vietnam, Galatioto said she sought to keep the spirit of fallen soldiers alive, especially those with local ties.

“May the names of our fallen heroes be etched into our hearts as they are etched into the Vietnam Moving Wall,” Galatioto said. “May we be mindful of all the Vietnam vets, those still with us and those fallen, and recognize their sacrifice for our great country.”

Vietnam vet Danny Espinoza was among the volunteers assembling the wall Tuesday morning.

A member of American Legion Post 299 in Chino, the 72-year-old said a similar wall’s 2016 appearance around the Fourth of July brought out nearly 35,000, including families with loved ones memorialized.

“People were there at 12, 1 o’clock in the morning, just standing there, emotional,” Espinoza added. “By the time they left, they knew they were on hallowed ground. They knew what those v eterans’ ultimate sacrifice was.

“Freedom isn’t free.”

An opening ceremony for the wall’s stay in Bloomington is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, at Ayala Park, 18313 Valley Blvd.

Guests can visit 24 hours a day through 3 p.m. Monday, June 11.

For information, visit themovingwall.org.

Source: Google News Vietnam | Netizen 24 Vietnam

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