2018-05-12 / News

Memorial ‘Moving Wall’ coming


Among two dozen committee members and advisors gathering to plan for the Sept. 13-17 appearance by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall at CARP were, from left: Tony Mingo, Patriot Guard Riders; Berwyn Calcote, Commander of Ulysses American Legion Post 963; Ron Andrus and Jesse Olson; Galeton VFW Post 6611; and Potter County Veterans Services Committee members Bill Simpson, Dawn Wooster and Paul Heimel. Among two dozen committee members and advisors gathering to plan for the Sept. 13-17 appearance by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall at CARP were, from left: Tony Mingo, Patriot Guard Riders; Berwyn Calcote, Commander of Ulysses American Legion Post 963; Ron Andrus and Jesse Olson; Galeton VFW Post 6611; and Potter County Veterans Services Committee members Bill Simpson, Dawn Wooster and Paul Heimel. An organizational meeting for the Sept. 13-17 visit of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall to Coudersport Area Recreation Park included a request for volunteers to help out with everything from security and hospi­tality, to parking and fundraising.

A committee of veterans’ service organiza­tions and veterans’ supporters from across the county is spearheading the project, with sup­port from the Potter County Commissioners. Members spent more than two hours focus­ing on logistics Tuesday night at American Legion Potter Post 192.

“Volunteers will be needed for all aspects of the project, everything from general upkeep of the area while the wall is here, to assisting those who are looking for specific names on the wall,” said Bill Simpson, direc­tor of veterans’ affairs for the county.

The memorial will be available for public viewing from the early evening of Thursday through mid-day the following Monday.

Anyone who would like to either donate to the project or become involved can contact Dawn Wooster at 814-274-8290, extension 207, or dwooster@pottercountypa.net.

The Moving Wall is a half-size replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washing­ton, D.C. It lists the names of the more than 58,000 Americans who were killed in the war.

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