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April 3, 2014

Traveling Vietnam Wall coming to town

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be in town next year. 

The Town Board decided Wednesday to bring the mobile memorial to Lockport on June 11 through 15, 2015. Officials will put down a $1,000 deposit and work out an agreement with the Vietnam Wall’s promoters said Councilman Paul W. Siejak.

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. It’s likely the Wall would be set up in front of the town hall on Dysinger Road.

Typically, when the wall comes to a community, a number of patriotic events are held with a host of veterans groups involved, Siejak said. And with so much time before the Wall arrives, town officials would be able to take their time and make sure the memorial and any corresponding event is handled properly, Siejak said.

“I’m very excited about it, I think it’ll be a great community event,” he said.

The Vietnam Memorial Wall would arrive on June 10, a Wednesday, to be set up. Community groups will be involved, Siejak said, as a few have already expressed interest and excitement about the memorial. Many are unable to visit the Memorial in Washington, D.C., so having the mobile version come to Lockport could be very emotional for some, Siejak said.

Siejak said the total cost to the town would be about $7,500.

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 timing could not be better,” he said. “I can’t believe the tremendous response it’s already gotten.”

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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