Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall makes its annual stop in Brevard


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Veteran Alan Reynolds points to his classmate’s name on the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.

photo by bob parente

The locally-owned Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall made its annual trip — complete with more than 1,000 motorcycle escorts — to be on hand at the annual Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard Reunion at Wickham Park in Melbourne on April 24.

Veteran organization representatives carried wreaths to be placed at the foot of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. | PHOTO BY BOB PARENTE

But that really is only the start of its journeys in 2016, said wall manager and reunion chairman Doc Russo.

The Traveling Memorial Wall, a three-fifths-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, is owned by the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard. The VVB is a nonprofit grassroots organization that was formed and incorporated in December 1985.

For the past 10 years, the wall has gone on tour throughout the U.S. For 2016, it has a total of 16 stops, Russo said.

 “This is the event for us and then we hit the road, pretty much across the eastern half of the country. It’s a smaller version of the original for people who don’t get the chance to go to D.C. to see it,’’ he said.

With good weather, the reunion, now in its 29th year, drew 87,000 in 2015, he said.

“It all depends on Mother Nature. The better the weather, the more folks we have come out,’’ Russo said. 

The event took place on April 24. For photos of the event, visit our the photo gallery of the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall.