A replica of the Wall That Heals, the Vietnam Veterans memorial containing the names of all those killed during the Vietnam war including 79 Chester County residents, was on display at East Brandywine Community Park from Friday to Sunday, writes Ginger Dunbar for Daily Local News.
Representative Ryan Costello, who serves on the U.S. House Veterans Affairs Committee, took the opportunity during his visit to the display to thank East Brandywine Township officials and Hopewell United Method Church, who jointly hosted the occasion.
“We hope that thousands of people from Chester County and beyond who will come to East Brandywine Community Park this weekend are able to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many veterans and their families,” said Costello.
The Wall display honors the over three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. It displays the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their county during the conflict.
The exhibit of the replica wall includes a mobile education center. This tells the story of the Vietnam War and includes photos of service members whose names are displayed on The Wall and other memorabilia.
“I stand here, honored to salute those names on The Wall That Heals.,” said John Neider, pastor at Hopewell United Methodist Church in East Brandywine and an Air Force veteran who served from 1966 to 1970. “We of that generation, recall only too well the incredible division and conflict in our country during the years of our involvement in Vietnam.”
Read more about the memorial at Daily Local News here.