Students from Ohio University Lancaster volunteered over the weekend making sure lost soldiers are always remembered. The Traveling Vietnam Wall was on display at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster and was open to the public. Members of OUL's service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, helped serve a community dinner there.
Veterans, their families, and friends came from all around Central Ohio to pay their respects to the fallen heroes with their names on the wall. Hats, shirts, vests, and flags proudly displaying years of service to this country were seen all along the wall. People young and old quietly filed by, honoring these fallen heroes. Many people were seen touching the memorial, as if they were trying to connect to their loved ones one last time. Memorials were placed at the base of the wall – wreaths, pictures, and flags – silent reminders of a precious life lost.
There are 58,227 names on the wall. Visitors had the chance to search the exact location of a name on the wall through a large directory. Paper and crayons were made available to make rubbings.
The trailer carrying the memorial wall from its home in Brevard County, Florida was escorted to the Fairfield County Fairgrounds by more than 250 motorcycles. The procession met at a rest area just south of town.
While community members spent time honoring the lost soldiers, Remnant, a local sign language team, was busy preparing for a community dinner. Several hundred people were treated to a meal of burgers, spaghetti, chili, salad, breads, and dessert. Members of Alpha Phi Omega were on hand to help set up and serve the meal. Students spent the afternoon making sure that everything was ready for the hungry crowd.