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 this week.
    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 Thursday through Monday.
    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.
    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.
    Brown County Veteran Services Officer James Masters said 3,000 visitors signed in to view the wall at Eastlawn in 2007, and he estimated an additional 1,000 visitors viewed the display without signing in.
    “It’s very sobering — especially when it’s illuminated at night,” Masters said. He said it’s hard to grasp the number of American military deaths that are represented by the names on the wall.
    Volunteers will start building around noon Wednesday for the wall, which is in two sections that are 126.5 feet long each.
    Veterans Service Officer Billy Murphey said earlier that visiting the wall gives Vietnam veterans “a chance to heal.”
    The wall is also a “teachable moment for schoolchildren who visit the display, Murphey said.
    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.