BONITA SPRING, Fla.,- The American Veterans Traveling Wall has arrived at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. The wall pays tribute to the nation's fallen heroes, and is making its second stop at the park in two years. Everyone who came out to escort this wall here to Riverside Park says the message is simple, Vietnam veterans should never be forgotten and that's the significance of this wall. The traveling wall is the largest replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
The convoy of escorts started at Gulf Coast Town Center; it included veterans, American Legion members, firefighters and sheriffs deputies. Many took a moment to pause and look at the wall that holds so much history and depicts many different emotions. This year is also very significant, it's the 50th anniversary of the war. The wall stands nearly nine feet tall, and travels around the country. On the wall are the names of the 58, 272 men and women who lost their lives.
The wall will be unveiled Friday at 1 p.m. It will be here through veterans day. A Bonita Springs resident donated $15,000 out of this own pocket to bring the wall here.
Riverside Park has become a home to monuments. On September 11th, the city dedicated an 800-pound granite memorial from the Twin Towers.