EASTON — For six days at the end of May 2018, Easton became a Mecca for those whose lives were touched by the Vietnam War, who lost family and colleagues, who endured wartimes and the aftermath of an unpopular war at home, and those who simply wanted to understand the war better.
A 22-minute DVD that chronicles the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall’s visit to Easton last year has been released and is on sale at VFW Post 5118 on Glebe Road.
Hundreds of people visited the Wall, pouring over the more than 58,000 names of the fallen and, at times, listening to them being read on the grounds of the VFW.
Honor and memorial ceremonies for various Mid-Shore counties occurred practically every day.
The Wall’s coming to the area required a massive effort by hundreds of volunteers, from veterans’ organizations to military groups, scouts, NJROTC, service organizations and private citizens wishing to help.
Law enforcement, Talbot County DES and local mental health organization counselors also were on hand.
“So many people who visited the Vietnam Traveling Wall commented on the memories that they would take with them,” organizer and veteran Royce Ball said in a press release labeled One Final Note.
“Many people visited for only a portion of one day, thereby missing a lot of other events during the six-day exhibit,” he wrote.
The video compresses over 120 hours, combining film and stills to create a moving experience and lasting memory.
Both the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 648 and the VFW Post 5118 hired a videographer to be on site the entire six days.
Opening and Closing Ceremonies, voiceovers with photos, time-lapse effects and aerial views are featured in the video.
There are aerial shots of the massive motorcycle escort that accompanied the Wall from Kent Island to Easton.
The DVD is the work of Eastern Shore Dronography in St. Michaels. The price is a $10 donation and can be purchased at VFW Post 5118.
Visit its website at http://www.vfw5118.com/. Check out “Vietnam Traveling Wall Easton Maryland” on Facebook.