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Vietnam vet memorial coming to Richmond Hill
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RICHMOND HILL -- The American Legion, J.E. Lanier Post 27 and Richmond Hill have teamed up to bring The Moving Wall in J.F. Gregory Park.
On June 12, the city along with veteran organizations and military will welcome the arrival of memorial to Vietnam veterans.
The Moving Wall will be open to the public, 24-hours a day, from June 12-16. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 3 p.m. on June 12. Closing ceremonies to be conducted at 1 p.m June 16.
The 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 help to 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 memorial in Washington 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 memorial and vowed to share that experience.
Currently, two exhibits of The Moving Wall travel the country from April through November, spending about a week at each site.
During The Wall's five-day visit, volunteers and in-kind sponsors will be needed to provide a variety of services and products. Donations are being sought. Additionally, many volunteers will be needed to 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
For volunteer information, call Kittie Franklin or Carrie Blackburn at 756-3444 or email Interested partners and sponsors are encouraged contact the city or the chamber (912) 756-3444/6459. For more information on tax-exempt donations, call contact Gregory MacDougal at 884-7273.
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