PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — On this Veteran’s Day a somber reminder of the toll war can take on life stands in Pfennig Park in Pflugerville.
The traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall was assembled by veterans Thursday morning. As they trudged through a rain soaked, muddy field to carefully assemble each piece of the wall, veterans like Edmond Croix had tears in his eyes.
“I have a lot of friends on that wall, it’s hard,” said Croix.
Croix, a 53-year veteran of the Army who served two years in Vietnam in the infantry can still easily name the friends he sees on the wall. The memories of the war still vivid in his mind. His tears come from knowing that he has been able to see his grandchildren grow up while his friends have not.
As nearly two dozen veterans from the American Legion carefully placed each piece of the wall together, they shared war stories – reminding each other the exhibit is a symbol of how history should not repeat itself.
“If you have children who really don’t know the history of Vietnam and some of the things going on in the world today I think it’s important you bring them here and let them see this wall and understand 58,000 names on that wall that went and didn’t come back,” said Croix.
The city of Pflugerville will display the traveling exhibit until Sunday. It’s open 24 hours a day to the public and is staffed by veterans.