The Moving Wall is scheduled to visit Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Dexter on Thursday, May 11th through Tuesday, May 16th, 2017. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4298 Shirley B. Carter is sponsoring the arrival of the Wall. The Moving Wall will be "open" 24 hours a day during that visit for those who wish to pay their respects.
|The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4298/Auxiliary will be hosting a baked bean and hot dog supper beginning on Friday, July 1st from 5 to 7 PM and then every Friday after that. The menu will include, baked beans, hot dogs, coleslaw, brown bread, drinks and dessert. The supper will be located at the VFW Post at 20 Cedar Street in Dexter. For more information on the supper contact David at 270-0286. This event is a fundraiser to help raise funds to bring “The Moving Wall” to Dexter in 2017.
The Moving Wall is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial that is located in Washington D.C. The Moving Wall is taken to various cities and towns throughout the country providing Americans with an opportunity to pay homage to the Vietnam Veterans who gave their lives for their country. To date, The Moving Wall has traveled to nearly every state in the Union, if not every state, bringing that "power of good" to Vietnam Veterans and others in their neighborhoods nationwide.
The concept of The Moving Wall came to John Devitt, a Vietnam Veteran, after he first visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. Mr. Devitt knew there were untold numbers of other Vietnam Veterans who would never be able to afford, or make the trip to Washington DC, so he imagined a replica wall that would be built in California so that others on the West coast could visit and experience the "power of good" from the Wall. John and two of his friends pooled their funds and began construction of the wall in February 1983 and it was completed in October 1984. The Moving Wall was first erected on October 15th 1984 in Tyler, Texas.
While being sponsored by the VFW, this will truly be a community effort as the tentative goal of $10,000 to bring the "Wall" to Dexter has been set. The VFW is looking for additional sponsors and volunteers to help make this happen. Starting Friday, July 22nd there will be a fundraiser held at Factory One in Dexter every 4th Friday, with a "cover by donation". Additionally Factory One has offered 10% of sales from that evening to go to the Moving Wall Fund. The VFW would like to recognize the Brewster Inn and Factory One for being the first two local businesses to support this endeavor. Contact VFW Post 4298 Commander David Iverson at 379-4000 for additional information on how to sponsor or to volunteer.