(Photo: themovingwall.org)(Photo: themovingwall.org)

LEWES, Del.- American Legion Post 17 is preparing to host the Vietnam Veteran Memorial’s Moving Wall exhibit at the Cape May-Lewes Terminal.

From Thursday, May 16 at 3 p.m. until until Monday, May 20 at 2 p.m., Post 17 is sponsoring the volunteer-driven event. The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

The Moving Wall has been touring the country for the last 30-plus years.

“The ferry is proud to be a part of this unique combination of reflection, remembrance and celebration,” said Heath Gehrke, director of ferry operations for the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. “Lewes has a unique place in the annals of American maritime history and the ferry is part of that history. The U.S. Merchant Marine has a proud history of supporting our Nation’s military, including during the Vietnam War. We hope the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall can help those who are still impacted by the war to find solace and that others, too young to fully comprehend that era, will learn about the sacrifices and dedication of the men and women of the U.S. Merchant Marine and Armed Forces.”

An escort of honor is planned for Thursday just after 9 a.m. followed by festivities throughout the day.

The event will have food and historic displays available at Post 17, mostly open to the public.

Due to limited parking, the ferry terminal buses will run from Cape Henlopen High School from Thursday to Saturday.

Admission to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall is free.

For more information about the event click here.