The 'Moving Wall' replica of Vietnam Memorial to visit Francesville Fall Festival
Friday, 04 August 2017 23:26

FRANCESVILLE - The Francesville Fall Fesitval has announced that the "Moving Wall," a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial wall in Washington, D.C., will be a featured attraction at this year's 50th anniversary festival, Sept. 15-17.

The Moving Wall has toured communities across the U.S. since 1984, from spring through autumn.

The replica wall was the idea of U.S. Army veteran John Devitt who attended the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial in the nation's capital in 1982.

The website for the Moving Wall reports that Devitt "felt the positive power" of the memorial and "vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington."

John, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built the Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. Two structures of the Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site.

The Vietnam War (1954-1975) resulted in the deaths of more than 3 million people (including 58,000 Americans) - more than half were Vietnamese civilians, according to The war was fought between North Vietnam and its southern allies known as the Viet Cong against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. It was fought during the Cold War era dominated by the tensions between the two global superpowers of the time, the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Following years of bitter disagreement over the war in the U.S., American troops were withdrawn in 1973. Two years later, North Vietnam won control of the South, and Vietnam was unified as a country in 1976.


The Francesville Fall Fesitval was first held in 1967 to celebrate the completion of the town's new fire station. The festival is held each year on the third weekend in September in downtown Francesville. The festival is made up of vendor booths with artists, craftsmen, flea markets, trade booths and many food vendors. Entertainment includes a carnival with rides for children, a parade, and a variety of free performances on the entertainment stage and much much more.