Vietnam veterans and those who had friends or relatives who perished in that war got a chance to see the traveling Vietnam War Wall during the Memorial Day Weekend at the Roseburg National Cemetery on Harvard Avenue in Roseburg.

The wall was brought to Roseburg by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Umpqua Valley Chapter 805.

The names on the wall are those soldiers from Oregon who died while serving there.

Retired Lt. Col. Tom Davis of Roseburg was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and he is one of the volunteers that escorts the display around the state, setting it up for events like the Memorial Day ceremonies in Roseburg.

“It was built strictly for soldiers from Oregon that were killed in the Vietnam War, and the two panels on each side includes the Oregon soldiers that died in Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and other conflicts in what has been called the sandlot wars,” said Davis.

The wall travels around the state to different functions in a 21-foot trailer. It takes volunteers about an hour to assemble it at each location.

The wall will be at Seven Feathers in Canyonville on the Fourth of July and in Myrtle Creek on July 6.

Terry Mooney is the president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Umpqua Chapter 805. About 10 of the local members follow the wall to different locations and help assemble it.

The money to pay for building the wall and transporting it comes from fundraisers, but the group also collects donations at each site.

Any organization that wants information on having the wall at their event can contact the VVA chapter in Roseburg at 541-229-3456.

Reporter Dan Bain can be reached at 541-957-4221 or e-mail at dbain@nrtoday.com.

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