The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is in Springfield for the Fourth of July weekend.
The wall is located at the American Legion Post 639, 2660 South Scenic in Springfield. An opening ceremony event for the wall will take place Friday, July 3, starting at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.
A ceremony reading the names of 1,417 Missouri soldiers who lost their lives in Vietnam will be held and volunteers will help relatives and friends of those who died find the name of their loved ones.
A museum exhibit called “Through Their Eyes” is accompanying the wall and is also free to the public.
The American Legion Post 639 said on their Facebook page they bring the traveling wall to Springfield for veterans who might not be able to make the trip to the memorial in Washington, D.C..
“We view this as a way to educate the public and honor our fallen servicemen and women. We want to afford everyone in the community the opportunity to experience this great memorial,” Post Commander Darin Hargis said on Facebook.
In 2015, the wall visited Springfield and received almost 30,000 visitors.