Bill Harding: Moving Wall be moved to Craig in August

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The Vietnam Moving Wall will arrive Aug. 8 and be on display until Aug. 13.

It will be open to the public 24/7 while it is in Craig. The site will be located at Loudy-Simpson Park and press releases/signage using the Vietnam Service Medal and the silhouette of the Wall will be used.

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This logo will be used for all activities and signage directing visitors to the site. Plans are for a full-scale ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 11. We are looking at a local community celebration earlier Thursday that week. More will follow in the press releases.

There has been an account established at the Moffat County National Bank to accept donations to defray the costs of bringing, setting up and providing for volunteers while the wall is here.

If you wish to donate, the account to list is the "Moving Wall Account," which is managed under the VFW Post 4265 status as a 501c3. Donor lists will be maintained and recognized.

There is a huge need for volunteers to assist with the manning of the wall and its maintenance while it is here.

Those needs are:

  • People to assist visitors, man the directory table, assist with locating names on the wall and assisting with "rubbings" of the names inscribed.
  • People to assist handicapped veterans/citizens get to the wall, man the healthcare tent, provide daily cleanup, assist with displaying items left at the wall and then boxing them for storage at the wall museum in White Pine Michigan.
  • Also needed are people to provide security 24/7 while the wall is here. The veterans' organizations are taking that lead for round the clock 4-hour shifts.
  • People to assist with placing/removing roadside signs, directing visitors to the site, people to water donated plantings and to assist with traffic/parking at Loudy-Simpson since the ball fields are scheduled for a busy week during the same period.

If you are interested in helping in any way, there will be news releases on how to volunteer.

Flag day June 14th

Next Thursday is Flag Day, and it is also the day the U.S. Army was established in 1775.

Flag Day, more formally, National Flag Day, was first observed in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Continental Congress' adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.

There are several competing claims as to the establishment of Flag day. In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation for a national celebration. However, the holiday was not officially recognized until 1949 when President Harry Truman signed the National Flag Day bill.

U.S. Army birthday

The creation of a truly American Army on June 14, 1775, was highly significant to the history of our emerging nation.

While the colonial militias and volunteer Minutemen were easily aroused in anger and invaluable in controlling population and resources in the countryside, they often melted away as fast as they were raised. In addition, those forces often identified with their own state or region. However, the first 10 companies of Continental Army soldiers were a national force even before the nation was fully formed.

The first continentals were recruited from several states and were sent from one end of the thirteen colonies and then states to another. In time, a nation would grow out of the seeds planted by each continental soldier as he signed up not as a "summer soldier" or "sunshine patriot," to use the immortal words of Tom Paine, but as an American soldier in service to his nation whenever and wherever needed.

Purple heart

license plates

Did you know if you were wounded in action and a Purple Heart recipient that you are eligible for a no-cost license plate for your vehicle?

Ref E applications (Vet property tax exemption)

The deadline to apply is July 1. All applications must first be forwarded to the Colorado Division of Vets Affairs to verify eligibility. If you haven't submitted an application, it is now or never!

Huck Finn Days

It was a great success thanks to the weather, the Colorado Division of Fish and Game, the Lion's Club (for use of their trailer) and Johnny Garcia, and his team, putting it together.

We wish to thank all who contributed to this effort so that kids have a place to go and things to do out-of-doors.

Rotary Club

Thanks for the invite to address your meeting on the June 5 to address local veteran issues. Those were the new clinic, the Moving Wall arrival, and veteran healthcare issues regarding local medical providers. Thanks also for taking over the main street flagging project.


June dates relating to military history

  • June 1 -- Soviet "Iron Curtain" isolates West Berlin 1952
  • June 4 -- Battle of Midway begins 1942 -- turning point in axis military advances in the Pacific
  • June 5 -- Marshall plan crated for European recovery from WWII [1947]
  • June 6 -- D-Day 1944 allied invasion for liberation of Europe
  • June 25 -- 1942 Dwight D. Eisenhower assumes command of US Forces in Europe
  • 1950 -- North Korea invades South Korea; Korean Conflict begins
  • June 28 --Interim Iraqi government assume political authority 2004

Vets Office schedule

This office will be closed after normal hours -- 08:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday -- Tuesday June 19th until Monday June 25th, when normal hours will resume. I will be attending my ship reunion.

For information on these programs and/or other veterans' benefits, call or stop by the Moffat County VSO office at 480 Barclay St. (west of the Bank of Colorado parking lot). Call 970-824-3246 or use the fax 970-824-7108. Our e-mail address is veterans@moffatcounty.net. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Other times can be arranged by appointment only.

Bring a copy of your separation papers (DD-214) for application for VA programs and for filing at our office.

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