The Moving Wall, the traveling half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will make its third visit to Brown County.
    The wall, which is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, will be available for viewing at the 36th Division Memorial Park in Brownwood from June 8-12, Brown County Veterans Service Officer Billy Murphey told Brownwood City Council members Tuesday.
    The display will be open for viewing 24 hours a day from the time it opens until the time it is dismantled for transport to its next location, Murphey said.
    “It’s a perfect setup for this type of display,” Murphey said. “It’s an entire-community event. We will need 24-hour security from the time it opens for display until the time we tear it down.”
    Volunteers from the community will be needed to provide security, and anyone interested in volunteering should contact Murphey’s office.
    Bringing the wall to Brown County is a project of the Pecan Valley Military Veterans and Family Support Coalition, which was formed about a year ago.
    The wall was brought to Brown County in 1999 and in 2007 and was set up both times at Eastlawn Memorial Park in Early.
    Murphey, a Marine Corps veteran, said a visiting the wall gives Vietnam veterans “a chance to heal.”
    “A lot of the guys still haven’t, or are beginning to, deal with what happened there,” Murphey said. “Even though (the Moving Wall) is just a replica, it’s a piece of history.”
    Murphey said the wall is a “teachable moment” for schoolchildren who visit the display.
    Vietnam veteran volunteers built the Moving Wall, which went on display for the first time in 1984 in Tyler. The wall’s two structures are taken throughout the United States from April to November and are kept at each site for about a week, the Moving Wall’s website states.