The Moving Wall ceremony set for May 31
COAL TOWNSHIP - The order of events for The Moving Wall visit planned for late May has been announced.
At 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 29, motorcycle riders will escort The Moving Wall from Danville through Elysburg, Kulpmont and Shamokin to Tharptown, where the wall will be displayed through Monday, June 2.
A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31, and will begin with an opening prayer. A presentation by a choral group will be given and a veteran of the Vietnam War will serve as guest speaker. A battlefield memorial will be presented and a Gold Star Mothers wreath will be placed. The Pennsylvania Army National Guard will present a rifle salute, and Taps will be played by Line Mountain students.
An honor guard will stand sentinel at The Moving Wall 24 hours a day while the memorial is in Tharptown. Volunteers will man an information table to help visitors find names of those listed on The Moving Wall.
Volunteers are also sought to help build a platform for the wall Saturday, May 17, and to place the wall May 29.
According to www.themovingwall.org, The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., 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," according to the website.
Devitt, 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 1984. Two structures of The Moving Wall travel the nation from April through November and are on display for about a week at each site.
For more information or to volunteer, call Sol Bidding, local organizer, at 570-274-5298.