The Wall that Heals

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.

Photos are here.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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3 Responses to The Wall that Heals

  1. Beda Herbison says:

    I’ve helped provide emotional support – should anyone want someone to sit with – when the wall was at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Kent. It is really impressive. I was deeply moved by the experience. Beda

  2. Tina Koyama says:

    Nice sketches and tribute, Kate.

  3. Allyson Shaw says:

    Reblogged this on Your Stories. Your Wall. and commented:
    A beautiful sketch of The Wall That Heals in Auburn, WA by Kate Buike!

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