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The Moving Wall coming in August

SOLON– A living tribute to Vietnam Veterans is coming to Johnson County in August.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, The Solon American Legion Stinocher Post #460 is proudly sharing its commitment to honor and respect those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by sponsoring the display of The Moving Wall Aug.13-17.
The Moving Wall is the only replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. The Moving Wall was built in 1983-84 by John Devitt, Gerry Haver and Norris Shears, Vietnam veterans from California, with the intention to “keep alive and share the power and good” that Devitt had experienced at the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. All other traveling memorials are replicas of The Moving Wall.
The 253-foot Moving Wall, slightly longer than half of the length of the Memorial in Washington, will be on display 24 hours a day for the four days it is in Solon. The public is encouraged to come at any time to view the 58,318 names of the men and women who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. All of the names on the Memorial in Washington are present on The Moving Wall.
The silk-screened names on The Moving Wall are a near exact replication of the the look of the names on the Wall in Washington. The clarity of the names on The Moving Wall was crucial to Devitt. He created the awe-inspiring effect by contacting the memorial fund in Washington and borrowing the negatives the original stencils for the Wall were made from.
The City of Solon is supporting the Legion in sponsoring the four-day event by donating $3,000 to the total cost of bringing this moving tribute to fallen soldiers to the community. The City of Solon is also providing support in the form of location and infrastructure for the duration of the display.
The public is encouraged to visit, view and pay respects to the Vietnam Veterans during The Moving Wall’s display in Solon. The display will begin Thursday, Aug. 13, at noon, through Monday, Aug. 17, at noon. The display will be located at the Solon American Legion Baseball Field. Complementing the display of The Moving Wall, and also located on the property at the Legion Field, are The Solon American Legion Memorial and Johnson County’s Freedom Rock.
This is a community project and just like the Washington, D.C., memorial, it is not government or corporate funded. All of the funding for the project, its maintenance, upkeep, travel and display, comes from contributions by the public. Donations and community support are welcome and greatly appreciated. Contact Ellen Hemphill at SolonLegionWall@gmail.com or 815-545-2790 for more information on donating.
More information is available for the organizations below:
Solon American Legion: www.solonamericanlegionpost460.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/stinocher460/, The Moving Wall: www.themovingwall.org and The Freedom Rock: www.thefreedomrock.com.