Lewes - Washington School (Georgetown, DE) middle school students interacted with Vietnam War veterans and some joined U.S. Senator Tom Carper for a walk along the Moving Wall Memorial at a Monday event. "It seems like a lot of names," 8th grader Natalie Benz said in describing her first experience with the memorial listing the 58,267 names of Americans who lost their lives during the nation's military involvement in Vietnam. "It’s great that they served our country."
Students were encouraged to try on helmets, portable radios, and other equipment soldiers used in the field. Senator Carper served three tours in the war as a flight officer in the United States Navy. Whether it is the moving wall that has been on display this weekend at the Cape May - Lewes Ferry Terminal or the permanent one in Washington, D.C., the memorial is reminder of a turbulent time for Carper. "We did not receive a very warm welcome home," Carper said. "What we have done ever since for all veterans is make them feel welcome at home and appreciated." Carper is the only active member of the Senate who served in Vietnam.