Mar 16th, 2019 · by Delaware State News · Comments: 0
LEWES — The Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on public display May 16-20 at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal.

The American Legion Family of Post 17 in Lewes is bringing the mobile memorial to coastal Sussex County.

“The Vietnam Wall stands as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that service-men and -women made and helps to heal the wounds from that war,” said Ed Bergen, American Legion Post 17 Commander. “The Moving Wall was created to allow people from across America — who are unable to make the trip to Washington, D.C. — the opportunity to visit the monument in their hometown.”

The Moving Wall will be hosted in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion as a primary Veterans Service Organization.

Moving Wall honors soldiers who died serving America in the Vietnam War. This is an entirely free exhibit and is the Family of Post 17’s gift to honor fallen and aging veterans from that war.

In addition to bringing The Moving Wall to Lewes, this 2019 celebration includes the kickoff of Auxiliary Unit 17’s Military Banner Program. Local military families will have the opportunity to have their loved ones’ photographs and service memorialized on banners that will hang from the city street poles prior to the arrival of The Moving Wall through the Fourth of July.

An event of this magnitude requires a tremendous amount of community involvement and support. The Moving Wall will remain open 24 hours a day while it is in Lewes and involves a huge logistic, financial and volunteer commitment.

“We are so excited for the opportunity to bring The Moving Wall to Lewes so that all can experience it and honor our fallen heroes,” said Auxiliary Unit 17 President Murt Foos. “Right now, we’re really trying to build community support and are looking for sponsors and volunteers to assist us with bringing this special monument to Lewes.”

Sponsorships and donations to help facilitate the massive efforts essential to hosting The Moving Wall and the families are welcome. Support may include donations of products and services.

Monetary contributions are tax deductible as a charitable donation. Please make checks payable to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 17 and send to: American Legion Auxiliary Unit 17, PO Box 35, Nassau, DE 19969, Attn: Moving Wall.

Anyone interested in donating time and talents as a volunteer to help with The Moving Wall, by providing preparatory or on-site assistance as needed, is asked to contact one of the following committee members:

• Kellie Bergen: by email at Kelliemaykrantzbergen@gmail.com or phone, 1-443-523-6133;

• Murt Foos: by email at Murtfoos@yahoo.com or phone, 1-301-706-0213.

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