Early Saturday, September 22 at 6:30 am, long before the tourists arrive, Troop 1094 (chartered out of Darnestown, MD) Scouts undertook the solemn duty of cleaning the Vietnam Memorial Wall to show reverence to the more than 58.000 names of people who gave their lives for freedom. The Vietnam Wall, a US national memorial, honors service member of the US Armed Forces who fought in the Vietnam War, including service members who died, and those service members who were unaccounted for (MIA) during the war.
Although cleaning the wall is a time of respect, the Scouts also demonstrated great camaraderie, sharing hoses, buckets, and scrub brushes with the NAM KNIGHTS MC IMMORTAL 400 Chapter, MD, who shared in the event with the Scouts.
The work took less than an hour. Afterwards US Park Ranger Mark Morse spoke to the Scouts about the history of the wall and the significance of keeping the black granite polished. Park Ranger Morse explained that making the wall have a mirror effect symbolically brings the past and present together. “The wall is part of the healing process for so many families, whose loved ones never came home”, Park Ranger Morse explained to the Scouts.
US Park Service makes the cleaning schedule available early in spring. Contact Park Ranger Mark Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.