No matter how often veteran Bruce Ellis of Winston helps with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall, there’s something about the power of the memorial that speaks to him.
“The wall does it for me every time,” Ellis said Wednesday.
Stephanie Ohler of Roseburg would certainly agree with him.
Ohler paused to look at the wall Wednesday, which was on campus as part of a resource fair for veterans. The three-hour event offered a variety of resources to help local veterans, including from the Oregon Employment Department.
Ohler moved the length of the wall, her hands reaching out to touch several of the names there. At her request, volunteers created an etching of Marine Cpl. James Lee Moore, who died from a helicopter crash while serving in Iraq in 2005.
“My heart kind of went out to him,” Ohler said, who moved here from California 10 years ago.
The wall travels around the state to different functions in a 21-foot trailer. It takes about an hour for volunteers to assemble.
Volunteers from the Vietnam Veterans of America Umpqua Chapter 805 were on hand to answer questions.