HOLMEN, Wis. (WXOW) – The rain may have changed plans a little, but it didn’t stop over 100 people from attending the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall ceremony in Holmen Wednesday.
For four days, the names of over 58,000 men and women will be on display outside the high school.
“There’s a lot of families, friends and loved ones that have names on the wall and they haven’t been able to get to Washington D.C.,” American Legion Post 284 Commander David Harrison said.
Timothy Carrier, who served during the war, has seen the wall in the nation’s capitol. He remembers vividly the words said to him following his service by an officer.
“Take your uniform off or you’re going to experience some horrendous protesting out there, which there was a lot of horrendous protesting and I didn’t really want to talk about it,” Carrier, who serves as the commander of VFW Post 7908 said.
The honor for those who served in the war changed tremendously over the years. Holmen junior Jordan Briskey feels it’s important the next generation carries that respect.
“They sacrificed their lives to uphold our great freedoms, which I’m very blessed to have today,” Briskey explained.
In the town you can find over 1,200 flags flying to represent every Wisconsin resident who’s name is on the wall. Representatives of the wall say it can be moving for those who don’t have a name to look for.
“The honor, respect and the healing that goes on at this wall is quite amazing,” Social Studies teacher Chris Sepich said.
Seeing the work put into the memorial and the community showing up for Wednesday’s ceremony, leaves an impact on carrier as well.
“It kind of makes you proud of this country to finally accept the Vietnam vets and any flag I see makes me proud,” Carrier finished.
Of the names on the wall, one of those is from Holmen. His name is Roger Ellis. He served in the Marines. He died on December 26, 1967.
The public can tour the wall through May 11 from 9 a.m to 9 p.m.