Vietnam 'Moving Wall' on display at VA hospital in Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix VA Health Care System is the temporary home to a unique replica of a memorial that has touched millions -- the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

About two years after the memorial was dedicated in 1982, a replica "Traveling Wall" was created so those not able to travel to Washington, D.C. would be able to see, touch it and experience its emotional impact.

The memorial that is currently at the VA Hospital takes that Traveling Wall a step further.

Tom Twigg, a veteran himself, is the man behind this unique memorial, which is the only one of its kind designed to be set up indoors. It's called the Moving Wall.

The Florida resident's idea was to accommodate the veterans who cannot travel or who are bedridden in hospitals throughout the country. Veterans who are bedridden can be wheeled, in their beds, from their rooms to the hospital lobby for an up close look at the incredible memorial.

For those who cannot go to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Moving Wall brings the tribute to them.

The original Memorial Wall is made up of two rock walls, each of which is more the 246 feet long and 10 feet tall. Each of those walls has 72 panels. When it was first completed, there were 58,191 names engraved on the wall. As of last summer, there were 58,267 names. They are listed in chronological order.

A half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, the Moving Wall is 46 feet long and more than 8 feet tall. Like the original, the memorial bears the names of the more than 58,000 service members who confirmed killed or were classified as missing in Vietnam. About 1,200 of those names are of those still listed as MIA.

The mobile replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will be on display at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (650 E. Indian School Road, off the northeast corner of Third Street and Indian School Road) today through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.