Family Field Trip
This past Sunday my little family and I took a trip across town to visit a temporary attraction. Thanks to a huge effort by many volunteers, the St. Peter-area Last Man Club of the Vietnam War Era, the city of Cleveland and the Cleveland American Legion The Moving Wall was able to come to Cleveland’s Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Prior to hosting this event there was a Freedom Fundraiser Run to help raise funds and I was asked to be there to photograph the ride. It was heart warming to see how many came to support the cause, especially the locals. This little town may not have many people living in it (with a population of less than 1000), but I can assure you that the people living in it are FULL of support for our veterans. Although I wasn't raised here, I am thankful we chose this place to raise our own children. Times like these are great reminders of why we made this choice. I love our town and I love the people in it. #HomeTownPride #HonoringAllWhoServed
"INFO: "The Moving Wall" is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for almost thirty years. When 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."
"John, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver, and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas in October of 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November, spending about a week at each site."
"A Sponsor is any organization or group of individuals that wants The Moving Wall to visit their area and is willing to do the work to make the local arrangements as described in "Scheduling a Visit of The Moving Wall." Sponsors are frequently civic groups, schools, or veterans' organizations. Sponsoring normally requires months of planning by dozens of local volunteers."