Kenner plans for visit from The Moving Wall Vietnam memorial _lowres

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Leonard Brown looks over the names of Veterans who died in the Vietnam War in 2009 when the memorial known as the 'Moving Wall' was in Gonzales. The half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on view 24-hours a day May 15-19 inside Veterans Park, behind Kenner City Hall, 1801 Williams Blvd. Admission is free.

Kenner will host a five-day visit of The Moving Wall, an one-half replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The replica will be on display 24 hours a day May 15-19. It will be inside Veterans Park, behind Kenner City Hall, 1801 Williams Blvd. Admission is free.

The wall includes the names of the more than 58,000 casualties of the Vietnam War, including prisoners of war and those missing in action. There are 885 names from Louisiana on The Moving Wall, including 47 from Jefferson Parish and seven from Kenner.

The timing of the visit is of particular interest because it includes Armed Forces Day on May 17 and coincides with the 30th anniversary of the construction of The Moving Wall.

In a news release, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni said The Moving Wall exhibit “is a great honor for Kenner and an important opportunity for so many in the community who cannot afford a trip to Washington, D.C., to see the Vietnam Memorial.”

An opening ceremony, featuring a rolling escort and motorcade, will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 16. A closing ceremony is planned at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18.

The Moving Wall was last in the New Orleans area in 1993 and is one of four traveling versions of the memorial.

Also, both the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Jefferson Parish Public School System will sponsor an essay contest for fifth-grade students.

“The winners of the contest will read their essays at an event while The Moving Wall is in town,” said Robert Ross with the city of Kenner.

For more information about The Moving Wall or to volunteer, call (504) 468-7240 or go to the website at