Since I’ve returned to sketching, I’ve made it my practice to sketch on Veterans Day. Last year I went to the National Cemetery.
Today I went to see the Traveling Wall. It was impressive. For some reason, I thought it was just a section of the wall. It’s not. It is the entire Wall but half size. It’s also not carved stone but metal. I’ve seen the real Viet Nam Veterans memorial in DC.
It is in Auburn for the commemoration. Hard to believe, but I heard on the news that the small city of Auburn, WA has one of, if not THE, largest Veterans Day Parade in the USA.
“The City of Auburn is pleased to bring back the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall, a half-scale replica of the Washington, D.C.-based Vietnam Memorial Wall. The wall contains 58,249 names of those killed or missing in action from the conflict. The exhibit includes a 53’ museum and databases to help locate names on the wall. Visit this unforgettable exhibit that pays tribute to the men and women who served in the US Armed Forces.”
I sat in the temporary bleachers under a tent to sketch the wide view.
Then I wanted to do a detail of some of the items left at the wall, as is done in DC.
A few people came up to me and we had some nice conversations. It was a rather emotional experience as one of the veterans was very appreciative of my effort to commemorate the Wall with a sketch.