Man behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial visits Gulf Coast

Baldwin County

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG) — Just in time for Veterans Day, one of the men instrumental in helping to create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is visiting the Gulf Coast.

“We are so very very fortunate to have him,” said Barry Booth, a Vietnam Veteran.

As hundreds are set to attend Veterans Day celebrations at Battleship Memorial Park, one of the guests has made a big impact on veterans, by helping create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

“The memorial has become an American cultural icon. It symbolizes the difficult period in America of the Vietnam era, which was a dividing experience of my generation, the baby boom generation. The Wall, as it’s come to be called, has become one of the most visited monuments of the country, with millions of visitors annually,” Robert Doubeck said.

Doubeck was instrumental in helping create the monument. He was at The Book Cellar at Page & Palette in Fairhope Sunday, signing copies of his book “Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.” He also shared his personal stories and history of getting the wall built.

He was invited to the Gulf Coast by a Vietnam Veteran, who wanted to honor the creation of the wall and his fellow veterans.

“It’s a healing experience to those of us who participate in the Vietnam War,” Booth said.

Doubek will be at the Sunrise Service at Battleship Memorial Park Monday morning, as well as for the Veterans Day parade, which starts at 3 p.m. at the park.

Admission to the Battleship Memorial Park is free Monday.

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