Raymond Bernard Ralls of Philadelphia joined the Marines in 1966. Ralls died in 1968 at the age of 19 while serving in Vietnam. His name is one of the 58,000 on “The Moving Wall,” the traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
Brenda Norman was dating Ralls at the time he was sent overseas. Norman is now a librarian at Wayne Community College. She says it was a moment of sorrow and pride when she found Ralls’ name on “The Moving Wall.” Norman carried a picture of Ralls as she visited “The Moving Wall” at WCC on Friday.
Like so many others, Norman says she may not have had the opportunity to see Ralls’ name if it weren’t for a local visit of “The Moving Wall.” She says it’s amazing to see the thousands of names, and recognizes how many families were impacted when they lost loved ones to the conflict.
“The Moving Wall” is open to the public at the Wayne Community College campus through Monday, September 20.