I’ve been trying to clarify that there is a difference between the Traveling Vietnam Wall and the Moving Vietnam Wall. The Moving Wall is an exact replica of the Vietnam Wall only half the size. Names and panels are exactly the same. So, it’s pretty cool that the Moving Wall came to Stockton. The setting is so nice – it’s backed by trees and you can see the Delta in the distance.
We gave out, I think, 7 quilts today, all so spontaneous and the first two cried. This couple walked up to our booth and he was looking at the pins. He quietly asked me if we had a silver star. I told him no and then I asked him if he had one. He sheepishly said, yes, and it didn’t take me long to go for a quilt. He had served in what we called the brown water Navy, going down the rivers of Vietnam. I so enjoyed him. He couldn’t believe we were giving him a quilt. His wife said that it was the best thing that has ever happened to him.
Towards the end of the night a Marine came walking through the gate and he was carrying a big photo album. I knew this guy was a Vietnam veteran. He stopped at our booth and I asked him why he came and then he showed me the names of his buddies tattooed on his arm. I turned to go get a quilt and told Flo, Val and Rick to keep him talking. They had to stop him but it was so worth it. His whole family had served in the military. Later we heard he had his quilt out at the Wall and everyone was taking pictures of him and his quilt.
I want to thank my crew, Bonnie and Carol for staying longer to help and Rick and Val for making the 1 ½ hour drive to help out. I forgot Flo who has hung in every minute I’ve been there. Our QOH family is so giving. I’m so proud to know each one of you. You always come through.
We have been treated so nice by all the volunteer staff. They feed us and offer us water. It has been a great experience and I know tomorrow we will make more memories and help our veterans.
God Bless and stay tuned . . . . . . . . .