2017-07-12 / Community View

A moving experience shared in Almont



Vietnam War veteran Richard Niksa of Allenton served from 1967-1968. With his ball cap over his heart, Niksa walked the entire length of the The Moving Wall and prayed for every person listed on each panel. The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial, was in Almont Thursday through Monday. 
Photos by Jeff Hogan Vietnam War veteran Richard Niksa of Allenton served from 1967-1968. With his ball cap over his heart, Niksa walked the entire length of the The Moving Wall and prayed for every person listed on each panel. The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial, was in Almont Thursday through Monday. Photos by Jeff Hogan

John Wortz of Caro served as an aircraft mechanic in 1967 with the U.S. Air Force. He points to the name of a buddy he lost to the war. John Wortz of Caro served as an aircraft mechanic in 1967 with the U.S. Air Force. He points to the name of a buddy he lost to the war.

The American flag, the American Legion flag and the POW/MIA flag waved above The Moving Wall exhibit at the ball fields north of the old Almont Elementary School on Church Street. The American flag, the American Legion flag and the POW/MIA flag waved above The Moving Wall exhibit at the ball fields north of the old Almont Elementary School on Church Street.

Jim Schenkel of Metamora (left), a Vietnam War veteran who served from 1968-1969, traced the name of a deceased fellow Vietnam soldier for another veteran who wished only to be identified as “Phil.” Jim Schenkel of Metamora (left), a Vietnam War veteran who served from 1968-1969, traced the name of a deceased fellow Vietnam soldier for another veteran who wished only to be identified as “Phil.”

Bev Morawski and her husband made the drive from Hazel Park on Saturday to visit The Moving Wall. Bev Morawski and her husband made the drive from Hazel Park on Saturday to visit The Moving Wall.

Hundreds of people from throughout southern and mid-Michigan visited The Moving Wall during its visit to Almont. Hundreds of people from throughout southern and mid-Michigan visited The Moving Wall during its visit to Almont.

Irene Bielawski of Detroit (left) and Kathi Quigley, both members of the Polish League of American Legion, Post 10 in Hamtramck, on Saturday traced the names of individuals they came to remember during The Moving Wall’s visit to Almont. Irene Bielawski of Detroit (left) and Kathi Quigley, both members of the Polish League of American Legion, Post 10 in Hamtramck, on Saturday traced the names of individuals they came to remember during The Moving Wall’s visit to Almont.

“Ernie” wraps an arm around Kathi Quigley, originally from Adrian, as they remember Michael Thompson who they both new. Thompson was Quigley’s fiancé, while Ernie was a roommate with Thompson in a fraternity. The strangers were united in their sorrow for their combined loss of the same individual, though were grateful for the chance opportunity to meet someone who also knew Thompson. “Ernie” wraps an arm around Kathi Quigley, originally from Adrian, as they remember Michael Thompson who they both new. Thompson was Quigley’s fiancé, while Ernie was a roommate with Thompson in a fraternity. The strangers were united in their sorrow for their combined loss of the same individual, though were grateful for the chance opportunity to meet someone who also knew Thompson.

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