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Replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial coming to Aurora

Published: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 9:18 a.m. CDT

AURORA – Vietnam War veteran Jim Morsovillo of Aurora chokes up with emotion every time he visits the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“I’ve got a lot of friends whose names are on that wall,” Morsovillo said.

The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be at West Aurora High School in Aurora from Thursday through Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day. The Moving Wall has been touring the country for almost 30 years.

The Moving Wall will be stationed off Plum Street at the high school.

Morsovillo will lead veteran riding groups that will escort the Moving Wall to the high school at 8 a.m. Thursday.

“That’s an honor in itself,” Morsovillo said.

Public viewing will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday. The Moving Wall will be open for viewing until dusk through Nov. 11.

There will be several activities surrounding the Moving Wall. Opening ceremonies are set for 10:30 a.m. Friday, and at 6 p.m. Friday there will be a veterans assembly open to the public.

Other activities include a ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Moving Wall to recognize and honor Gold Star families who have lost loved ones in war.

A full list of Moving Wall activities is available at www.vietnammovingwallaurora.org.

The Moving Wall exhibit is in conjunction with the Healing Field display at West Aurora High School, off Plum Street.

From Sunday through Nov. 13, there will be 2,013 flags on display as part of the Healing Field, which is dedicated to all military veterans.

The Healing Field is sponsored by Old Second National Bank and the A+ Foundation for West Aurora.

Know more

For information about the Moving Wall exhibit, which is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or the Healing Field flag display at West Aurora High School in Aurora, visit www.vietnammovingwallaurora.org or www.aplusfoundation.org/healingfield.asp.

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