The Richmond Hill Moving Wall event also served as a homecoming for two local families. The names of Richmond Hill residents Harry Lee Boles and Lowry T. Cuthbert are inscribed on the Wall and their families said it is a great honor to have their names celebrated in their hometown.
The two were friends and played basketball together for Richmond Hill High School, which was then called George Washington Carver High.
Also on the team was Donald Singleton – a strong proponent in bringing the Moving Wall to Richmond Hill. All of them went to Vietnam in the late 1960s, but only Singleton came home alive.
Singleton said a motivating factor in getting the Moving Wall to come here was to "bring this home to them." He said he also brought it for the family of the two men.
"I’m glad it’s here for my mother to see," Albert Cuthsbert, brother of Lowry T. Cuthbert, as he signaled over to their mother, Mary Cuthsbert, who was stenciling her son’s name on the Wall with a paper and pencil.
Harry Lee Boles was killed in Vietnam in 1969, at the age of 24.
His brother George Boles, a retired career Air Force soldier, said seeing his brother Harry’s name on the wall brings back a lot of memories of time they had spent together in Richmond Hill.
He said he’s been to D.C. twice to see his brother’s name on the Wall. He went to see Cuthsbert’s name as well. All the siblings present at this event were classmates with the two.
The families said Harry and Lowry were best friends and they entered the service at the same time.
"I think about him everyday," Samuel Boles said while fighting back the tears. "He came home and re-enlisted to better serve his country."
"He was a great artist," Boles continued. "He was starting to get letters from Hollywood for his drawings. He was also a star basketball player at the high school here in Richmond Hill. He had more moves than James Brown dancing – very quick on his feet and just a great athlete. I know he’s here with us today. Welcome home, Harry."
Also inscribed on the Wall is the name of Pembroke resident Charles Russell.