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Posted on April 3, 2024 Posted by the award-winning Journalist Cindy Uken | Apr 2, 2024 | News, Valley Life, Veterans

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DHS Welcomes Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall


DESERT HOT SPRINGS – This city is preparing to host the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall, a traveling replica of the revered monument in Washington, D.C.

This event is not only a memorial but also a symbol of gratitude, remembrance, and reverence for those
who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The community is welcome to visit this free, around-the-clock exhibition, which offers a special opportunity for reflection and healing.

“The Moving Wall” is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than 30 years. When John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of “The Wall.” He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.

Devitt, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site.

As the Moving Wall moves into the community, the city is seeking volunteers to assist with various aspects of the event, from welcoming guests to helping with logistics. To participate, please reach out to Melissa Purcell at (760) 329-6411 ext.139 or email

The city is also calling for food donations from local businesses, underlining the communal spirit of Desert Hot Springs.

Edward G. Johnson, a local Vietnam Purpleheart Combat Wounded Veteran, said, “Having the traveling replica wall here in Desert Hot Springs will allow Vietnam Veterans like me to be with our brothers and sisters who were KIA and POW. Thanks to the City of Desert Hot Springs for keeping their memory alive.”

Please join the city in this event to pay tribute to our valiant heroes. For more information on the Moving Wall visit

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall Exhibition will be located in Mission Springs Park, 14510 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs from May 16-20/

Volunteer opportunities and food donations are needed. Contact Melissa Purcell at (760) 329-6411 ext.139 or

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