Story Pitch: The Moving Wall Visits Walsenburg, Colorado

American Legion, Post 16 in Walsenburg, Colorado is proud to host “The Moving Wall,” a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial that has been touring the country for over thirty years.

The mobile tribute was envisioned by John Devitt after he visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC in 1982. Devitt was so moved by the powerful display, he vowed to share the experience with those around the country who do not have the opportunity to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC. 

Devitt and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site.

By bringing The Moving Wall into Colorado, The Huerfano County American Legion Post 16 is giving many people an opportunity they would never otherwise have.

It’s an honor for Walsenburg to be the only location in Colorado to host the impressive display this year, and we invite everyone to pay their respects to those who lost their lives fighting for our nation in the war. To learn more about the event and history of the Moving Wall, visit

Event Kickoff:

The Army 4th ID Brass Band will be on-site, performing patriotic songs and marches from approximately 10 am to 11 am on Friday.

Display Hours:

Friday 6/18: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 6/19: 8 am – 5 pm
Sunday 6/20:  8 am- 5 pm


Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center
23500 US-160, Walsenburg

Located in Walsenburg, Colorado, the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center is a long-term care facility serving veterans and their families, under the backdrop of the beautiful Spanish Peaks. 

If you are interested in pursuing this story, let us know! We’re happy to arrange interviews, a visit, images, and more. 

Media Contact:

Lindsay Diamond