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Mobile Vietnam veteran display coming to Richomd Hill
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RICHMOND HILL -- The American Legion, J.E. Lanier Post 27 and the city of Richmond Hill will host The Moving Wall memorial to veterans of the Vietnam war this spring.
The visit will be in J.F. Gregory Park four days in June. On June 12, the city and veteran organizations and local military will welcome the arrival of The Moving Wall. The exhibition will be open 24 hours a day through June 16.
The Moving Wall visit will provide an opportunity for healing to veterans, their families and friends of those who died or are missing in Vietnam, especially those who may not have the opportunity to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The mobile exhibit will also help educate the community about the war in Vietnam, its impact on our nation and our veterans, and allow others to pay their respects to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedoms and way of life.
"The Moving Wall" is the half-size replica of the Washington, D.C., Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than 20 years.
When Vietnam veteran John Devitt attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of "The Wall." He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington.
The Moving Wall went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas, in October of 1984. Currently two exhibits of The Moving Wall are traveling the country from April through November, spending about a week at each site.
During The Moving Wall's visit, volunteers and in-kind sponsors will be needed to provide a variety of services and products. Donations are being sought to fund this endeavor. Additionally, many volunteers will be needed at The Moving Wall to:
• Help make visits more personal, meaningful, and comfortable
• Provide comfort and emotional support to visitors
• Help visitors find names on The Moving Wall using the directories or computer
• Make name rubbings or help visitors make name rubbings
• Answer questions about The Moving Wall, the Wall in DC, or other scheduled of events
• Help maintain a quiet, solemn, mood near The Moving Wall
• Help keep the area clean
The Moving Wall committee is accepting tax-exempt donations, volunteers, committee members and sponsorships. For more information, call Karla Hillen at 756-7505 or email Interested partners and sponsors can contact the city or call the chamber at 756-3444/6459. For more information on tax-exempt donations call Gregory MacDougal at 884-7273 or send checks payable to the American Legion, Post 27.
Donations can be mailed to: The Moving Wall, P.O. Box 250, Richmond Hill, GA 31324
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