“IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES WHO SERVED IN THE VIETNAM WAR. THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AND OF THOSE WHO REMAIN MISSING ARE INSCRIBED IN THE ORDER THEY WERE TAKEN FROM US.”
Preamble of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
On November 9, 2003, I had the opportunity to visit ‘The Moving Wall’ in West Richland, WA. It is a half -size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than twenty years.
Some of the fallen soldiers (whose names are printed on the wall) were from my hometown in Iowa and many of them, I served with in Vietnam while with Charlie Troop 1/9th, 1st Air Cavalry Division.
Sgt Gregory Peffer, a Blues platoon sergeant, was one of the names of which I was searching. I was no longer with the Blues the day Greg paid the ultimate sacrifice but had the honor to serve with him months before. He was a short-timer when he went out that day, but felt a duty to be with his men.
Viewing ‘The Moving Wall’ that afternoon proved to be emotional for me as well as many others that attended the event…