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Group Of Veteran Bikers Surprised to Find Politician Cleaning Memorial

A memorial was created in Washington, D.C. to honor the fallen soldiers from the Vietnam war, called the Vietnam War Memorial. It has the names of 58,315 fallen soldiers engraved in it to remind others of the sacrifices soldiers have made for their love of country.

The wall is nearly 250 feet long and over 10 feet tall. It provides an emotional experience to all visitors, including the families of the fallen soldiers who bring papers and pencils to trace the names of their loved one. The memorial is open at all hours of every day.

However, because of the grandeur of the monument, it requires a great deal of upkeep. The Washington Post reported, “In 1998, dissatisfied with the job that the National Park Service was doing and upset that bird droppings had filled in some of the engraved names, Jan Scruggs of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund took action. He handed 37 toothbrushes to visiting vets from Wisconsin, who scrubbed the filth away.”

Nowadays, groups of veterans have taken it upon themselves to clean and maintain the wall. Every weekend in Spring and Summer, veteran groups supplement the state's cleaning crews by helping them in the peak seasons. They spray the entire wall down, scrub and polish it.

Earlier this month, members of the Rolling Thunder Biker Club took it upon themselves to clean the wall. When they arrived at the location, they were shocked to find former Navy Seal and current Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke already there, ready to help.

An Independent Journal Review reporter arrived at the scene to document the selfless acts of all involved. He asked Zinke why he was there that day to which he replied, “Rolling Thunder is here to wash the wall. I’m here to help them.”

Another cleaner, William De Blander who served in South Korea said, “I got a friend on the wall who served with me. One of our goals in Rolling Thunder is to care for our vets and this is a great way to do it. We maintain this memorial to honor those men fallen and those who are still with us.”

Source: AWM
Photos: AWM

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