The recent Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall event was very successful with well over 2,300 people visiting the Wall. As expected, many visitors found viewing the Wall quite moving and emotional. For others it was enlightening to say the least. The American Legion was very proud to see all the volunteers from numerous towns who worked to put on the event, as well as everyone who made it a point to visit. Our communities showed great respect and honor to the men and women of the armed forces who served in the Vietnam War and especially to those who gave their lives or remain missing.
We also received support from the Green Mountain Vietnam-Era Veterans Assistance Corp. Veterans Outreach Center in Bennington, the Veterans Administration’s Mobile Van, and the local Vietnam Veterans of America group – all of whom spent time with many veterans over three days, listening to needs and assisting them with understanding benefits.
Special thanks go to Fred Skwirut, the West River Habitat for Humanity crew, and Jim Burke for construction of the Wall foundation.
Thanks also go to the Wilmington Beautification Committee for decorating Wilmington Village, Simon Ferris for graphic design of posters and signs, Joe Kruszewski for the flag pole, and Linda Anelli for general support. The Legion appreciates Sen. Bob Hartwell and Rev. Emily Heath for officially opening the Wall on Thursday, and Rep. Ann Manwaring and Pastor Doug LaPlante for officially closing our time at the wall on Monday. The dedication ceremony on Saturday was wonderful and made so by John Miner, Ret. Col. Joseph Krawczyk, John Gibbons’ music, Dr. Brenda Eastman, Danielle S. Ocker, RN, Readsboro American Legion Post #29, Whitingham American Legion Post #17, and the Patriot Riders.
Thanks to all the host volunteers and everyone who made this a meaningful and memorable experience. Please see our ad in this edition thanking those who supported this event financially and with other contributions.
Michael Linnehan, Post #15 Commander
Susie Haughwout, Town Clerk