Dates for the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall to be here in Cherokee County have been confirmed.
Starting on Sept. 13 and on display until Sept. 17, the wall will be at the Cherokee County Fair Grounds. The display of the Moving Wall is part of the Cherokee County Veterans Appreciation and will mark the second year that this event has taken place.
Setup for the wall will be on Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. and the Cherokee Veterans Affairs is asking for volunteers to help with the setup. "There's a lot going on that weekend, we'll be needing a lot of help to make this happen," said Dava Evans, the director of Cherokee Veterans Affairs. "We need volunteers to help park cars and to help out with other events scheduled."
The Wall will be open to the public at noon and a dedication ceremony at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13. There will be a Name Reading by American Legion Riders and anyone can come up and read a name. Congressman Steve King will be a guest speaker, along with military speakers and a Vietnam Experience program.
On Saturday Sept. 15, will be the VA Supermarket. During that event, Veterans can get their new VA photo ID cards. Evans reminds Veterans "If you have card, you can go anywhere in the US. You need a new card by Oct. of 2007 or otherwise you will have to carry your discharge paper with you."
The American Legion will be on hand to help with people with disability claims. Also, representatives from the VA hospital from Sioux Falls, S.D., Sioux City Vet Center, and VA from Des Moines will be at the event to help.
There will be representatives from all branches of the Armed Forces and the Iowa Veterans Home from Camp Dodge.
One special display will be the Healing Wall. People can put a name of anyone who gave the ultimate sacrifice and you will be able to get Internet information on friends or love ones that will be provided by the Vietnam Veterans of America of Northwest Iowa Chapter 888.
A car show is still on the table as a possible event and a full schedule of all the events will be published at a later date.
The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall stands as a reminder of the dedication and sacrifice that 2.7 million American men and women of the Armed Forces gave to their country in Vietnam.
Inspired by this honor, the American Legion, the Vietnam Veterans of America, and the VFW wanted to share this important memorial with all the people of Cherokee and Northwest Iowa.
"We would like to thank the Cherokee County merchants for their support in the Moving Wall Fund Drive, and to all the other people that have supported it as well," said Evans.
"So far there is $5,161 in our fund for the Moving Wall. Please don't stop now with your donations. All money leftover will be used for next year. We need your help to make this a big event for Cherokee County," said Evans.
If you would like to make a donation to the Moving Wall, send it to David K. Brown, Cherokee County American Legion Commander, at 1825 530th St. Lot 38 Cherokee, IA 51012, or Dana C. Evans, President of Vietnam Veterans of America at 6336 Y Ave., Aurelia, IA 51005.