Traveling Vietnam memorial arrives in Goodyear

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
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PHOENIX -- A special local ceremony Sunday morning honored all the Vietnam soldiers who lost their lives during the war.

“There's a feeling that ... emanates from the wall. You feel the presence of the men whose names are on that wall,” said Tim Riley, who helped bring the wall to Arizona.

While half the size of the original in Washington D.C., The Moving Wall still has more than 58,000 names on it. All of them are read by volunteers, which takes 66 hours to do.

“There have been continual crowds here ever since the wall has been open, even in the middle of the morning," Riley said. "I came down here at 2:30 on Friday night and there were people here."

There are more than 173,000 Vietnam vets living in Arizona, and without the help of Riley, the wall may not have made it here.

“There are a lot of individuals who have served, who have family members who served, but they'll never get to Washington D.C.," Riley said. "And so we as a community applied for The Moving Wall to come here about two years ago. ... If we were to apply for it tomorrow, there's a five-year waiting list right now."

The exhibit is free and can be seen 24 hours a days until Monday afternoon. It's near the Estrella Starpointe Residents Club on Elliot Road near 176th Avenue.