Moving Wall needs community volunteers
Aug. 8 Wall rises. "Taps" played at sunset each night.
11 a.m. Aug. 9 Opening for the local public and raising the colors.
11 a.m. Aug. 11 Official opening with plans for Sen. Ken Salazar and military flyover.
11 a.m. Aug. 13 Closing ceremonies held before wall moves.
Craig — For all the plans Craig’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4265 has cooked up in anticipation of the Vietnam Memorial’s Moving Wall, it has been hard to stir enough volunteers from the community.
“We need people to volunteer for a lot of different activities,” Veteran Service Officer Bill Harding said. “We need volunteers to help people with parking and for the security detail.”
Security needs to be run 24 hours a day once the wall rises Aug. 8 until it moves Aug. 13.
Harding said volunteers also are wanted to help visitors at the wall.
“There should be people there to help locate names and help with the rubbings and assist the elderly that want to experience” the memorial, he said.
In addition to Craig residents donating time, monetary donations are welcome and needed.
“We have received a lot of corporate donations,” Harding said, “but individual donations have been much slower.”
Those wishing to donate can do so at the Moffat County National Bank by making a deposit in the Moving Wall Don-ations account. Harding said different organizations around town pledged to make up the difference if the community fails to raise enough money.
Although the wall rises Aug. 8, it opens to the public on Aug. 9. There is a ceremony planned for 11 a.m. on Aug. 9 during which veterans will raise colors and pay tribute.
Preliminary plans are for the official opening to be at 11 a.m. Aug. 11. The planning committee for the wall is in talks to have an appearance by Sen. Ken Salazar and also for there to be a military flyover.
Closing ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 13, after which the wall will move to either Cripple Creek or Winter Park.
The planning committee hosts a public meeting at noon Wednesday at the Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St., to further plan for the ceremonies.
“We are going to talk about things like speakers and what do to for the closing,” said Christina Currie, Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce and planning committee member. “We want to do something really special for the local opening, too.”
There are expected to be 5,000 to 10,000 visitors to the Moving Wall during its five-day stay in Craig. Those projections are based on the more than 11,000 visitors to the wall when it exhibited in Meeker in 1996.
The Veterans Service Office still is compiling the list of local and regional veterans who appear on the wall. Anyone with a relative or family friend on the memorial can call the VSO at 824-3246.
Collin Smith can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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