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February 26, 2014

Town may bring in traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Lockport Town Board is considering having the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall come to town next year. 

Councilman Paul W. Siejak asked board members Wednesday to consider having the mobile memorial come to Lockport, probably in June 2015. The wall would be set up in front of the town hall on Dysinger Road.

The wall is a three-fifths scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. It runs 300 feet from one end to the other and stands six feet tall in the center. Typically, when the wall comes to a community, a number of patriotic events are held with a host of veterans groups involved, Siejak said.

Dates for the wall are being claimed quickly, meaning having the wall come to Lockport this year is unlikely, Siejak said. By trying to get a 2015 booking instead, town officials would be able to take their time and make sure the memorial and any corresponding event is handled properly.

"I think we can do it right and it'll be a great thing for the community," Siejak said.

More than 58,000 U.S. troops were killed during the Vietnam War, which ended in April 1975. That means 2015 will be the 40th anniversary of the war's end. Hosting the wall during Flag Day in June could make the event even more special, Siejak said.

The cost to host the wall would be about $7,000 plus incidentals, Siejak said. The town should put aside $8,500 to $10,000 in the 2015 budget for the memorial, Supervisor Marc R. Smith suggested.

A similar memorial wall came to Niagara County Community College in 2001.

In other town business:

• The board awarded a bid to Yarussi Construction of Niagara Falls for repairs needed at the Lincoln Village pump station. The station has malfunctioned a number of times, leading to flooding of some residential basements on four separate occasions over the past 18 months.

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