American Legion hosts “The Wall that Heals”

Devon Braunstein ('10)/Eastside Community Editor

Though a period of almost forty years has elapsed since the termination of the Vietnam War, the American Legion Post 372 is finding their own way to spiritually bring the soldiers home. From April 16 to April 19, the American Legion Post 372 is hosting the Vietnam Traveling Wall, called “The Wall that Heals.” The wall is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and is meant to commend the lost soldiers of Vietnam specifically from the South Jersey Area.According to the Courier Post, Sue Morris, of the American Legion 372, has been working to locate family members, friends or former comrades of the 87 Camden County Soldiers “killed in action.” She searched for representatives for each soldier to appear at the Candlelight Service ceremony on April 17, planned as part of the Traveling Wall Memorial.

The security of the wall consisted of all volunteers. Volunteers also used computers to aid visitors in searching for the location of a family member’s name on the wall.

As stated by Former Marine Corps Sergeant Jean Lillie for the Gloucester County Times, there were about 25-35 thousand visitors coming through the site. Out of all the visitors, he said about 7,800 of them were school kids, which he considers the most important aspect of the whole memorial: to allow kids to learn from the mistakes of past generations.

Morris views the wall as a way to bring home the soldiers “the only way we know how.”