The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall was on display in Key Largo Community Park from April 11-14. Known as The Healing Wall, it bears the names of 58,286 American soldiers who were killed or declared missing in action during the Vietnamese War.
It is a 3/5 scale model of the original on permanent display in Washington DC, and it measures 6 foot tall at the center, with two 144 foot wings spanning out into a wide V formation.
“There is a special place in my heart for The Wall” said Viet Nam vet Jerry de Caso. “I was there in 1968 and 1969 on the heels of the Tet Offensive. I lost a lot of friends. I was only 19 - we were kids over there and because of the stigma of that war, it took years to finally come around and honor Vietnam vets”, added de Caso.
A procession was held with the Memorial Wall cargo hauler and its escort from the Florida City Wal-Mart parking lot all the way to Key Largo Community Park.
Volunteers, many of them veterans, along with the Islamorada Fire Dept, met the party at the park and began the huge job of setting up the exhibit. Members of SOCSOUTH in Homestead lent manpower and equipment as well.