Driving down M-203 in Calumet this weekend, you might see something a little out of the ordinary set up in Legion Field.
Itâ??s over 250 feet in length, and from afar, it looks like just a long black mirror. But take a step closer and youâ??ll see over 58,000 names engraved on the panels of those who died serving in Vietnam.
Itâ??s the Vietnam Moving Wall.
â??I, myself, havenâ??t been to Washington, and I know that most of the parents of these gentlemen are now deceased, but there are cousins, brothers, sisters that never had the opportunity to go to Washington, and I just started thinking maybe we could bring it up here,â?? said Don Bausano, chairman in charge of getting the Moving Wall up to Calumet.
Bausano said the Moving Wall will be on display now through Monday afternoon and will be open for viewing 24 hours a day.
Of the 58,286 names, 16 are from the Keweenaw, two of whom were Bausanoâ??s classmates and friends.
â??When you see this wall, a lot of thoughts come back, and thatâ??s why youâ??ll see a lot of veterans will come at night,â?? he said. â??You stop and think about it. Where would they be right now? And itâ??s just sad.â??
Calumet veteran, Terry Ross, said his brother served in the army in Vietnam for two years and remembers feeling relieved when his brother made it home. Ross said, however, he still gets emotional seeing the Moving Wall.
â??Itâ??s a lot of names considering it was never declared an actual war to start with, but I was glad when he came home, sad for the ones that didnâ??t,â?? said Ross.
Over the weekend, there will be personnel on hand to assist those looking for specific names on the wall as well as lighting set up around the wall for those who want to visit at night.
â??Itâ??s nice to have the wall where it travels around, gives everybody a chance to see it instead of just in one area,â?? said Ross.
A candlelight vigil for POW will be held at the wall Friday at 10 p.m.
Saturday, a dedication ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will include the color guard raising the colors, a speech from Col. James Dougovito, a musical presentation by the Calumet High School band, and a wreath laying ceremony.
The closing ceremony will be Sunday at 8 p.m. and will include a musical presentation by local choir, Noteworthy, and a rifle salute and taps.