GRAFTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The Mobile Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall holds the names of the 732 West Virginians who paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country.
The purpose of this mobile wall is for those who want to see the name of their fallen hero’s but can’t make the trip to Washington DC.
“It's for the people who can’t get to Washington D.C. There's 732 West Virginians who died in Vietnam boots to the ground” said Dave Simmons President of the West Virginia State Council
This Memorial Day weekend the memorial set its roots on Lincoln Street in Grafton.
It’s fitting that the wall be in Grafton on the holiday weekend as Grafton native Command Sergeant Major Timothy Bolyard who was killed in Afghanistan back in September is being honored by having his name added to the wall of veterans who died in the line of Duty from 1975 to 2018
This honor comes not even a week after Grafton’s fallen hero was honored by having a bridge in the small town named after him.
“This wall, Tim will be added as we speak right now” said Simmons
People came out too look for the names of their fallen friends, family members, and even neighbors..
The wall travels through West Virginia visiting every county it can.
Sometimes those people looking a family member's name on the wall can't find it...
That’s when Dave Simmons asks for people to speak up and help them take the steps to finding the remains of their lost loved one
“We're hoping that a child will come up and say my grandfather is missing and then we'll get them in touch with D.O.D. and they'll do a DNA test and find out maybe that's their uncle or grandfather or someone in their family.”
When you walk through the town of Grafton there's no doubt that they love their veterans and they're making sure that those heroes are never forgotten.