'Traveling Wall' schedule finalized
The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall will open to the public at the VFW Post 3289 in New York Mills beginning Thursday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. From September 10 though September 13, the Wall will be free and open to the public 24 hours a day. Free shuttle service will be provided between the New York Mills Post 3289 and the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham.
Opening Ceremonies for the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall will be held Thursday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. The Charles D. Center Post 3289 of New York Mills will provide the Color Guard. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by the Charles D. Center Ladies Auxiliary 3289 of New York Mills and the Anthem will be played by the New York Mills High School Band under the direction of Blake Groe. Duane Koehler, New York Mills Civic and Commerce President will give a Welcoming address. Guest Speaker for the morning ceremonies will be Ryan Stout, pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in New York Mills. Dolly Tumberg, Ladies Auxiliary 3289 will read "50,000 Names Carved in a Wall" followed by closing music by the New York Mills Band.
Afternoon ceremonies will begin at 4:30 with the Color Guard of VFW Post 3289. Jeremy Perala, Commander VFW Post 3289 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the Anthem will be sung by the Imsande/Clarksean Family. Benediction will be given by Rev. Jon Hakaana. Guest speaker for the afternoon will be a representative of the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall and Dean Simpson, Former State Representative District 10B. Rhonda Myers-Schornack, Ladies Auxiliary 3289 New York Mills, will read "The Wall From the Other Side".
In the evening, at 7:00 p.m., the Wadena Area Community Band under the direction of John Lindlief will present a concert of marches and concert band music. Selections for the concert will include The Star Spangled Banner, Minnesota March, Let the Spirit Soar, El Capitan, Lead On, O King Eternal, A Hymn for Band, Stars and Stripes Forever, Just A closer Walk With Thee, and Armed Forces Salute.
On Friday, September 11, at 11:00 a.m. the Elmer Goche Post 3922 of Wadena will post the colors and John Knight will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and read the POW prayer. The Anthem will be sung by Kyna Beihl, 11th Grade New York Mills and the Invocation will be give the Rev. Carl Nobel, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Perham. Guest speakers will include Dan Skogen, District 10 Senstor from Hewitt, and Loren Skarie, Dust-off pilot Vietnam Veterans, Vergas. Geraldine Dresser of Perham will sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Kayna Beil, 11th grade New York Mills, will read "The Story of TAPS" and John Knight, Chaplain Post 4020 Perham will read "The POW Prayer" .
Friday afternoon ceremonies will be opened at 4:30 by the color guard from Lake Region Veterans. The Pledge will be led by Duane Thiel, American Legion Member, Henning. Invocation will be led by Rev. Burt Benson, Past Military Chaplain and member of Civil Air Patrol. Guest speakers for the afternoon will be Vietnam Veteran Gary Robinson of New York Mills and Dave Coalwell of Detroit Lakes. Readings will be given by Emaleigh Roberts, 2008 NYM School Patriot Pen Essay Winner and Lauren Bach, Grade 11 NYM School, 9th District Essay Winner. The New York Mills Drama Club will sing "We Are One".
On Saturday, September 12 at 11:00 a.m. will be opened by the color guard from local area American Legions. Mariah, Dallman and Kendra McCall Ladies Auxiliary 3289 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Shawn and Victoria Creek will sing the national anthem. Invocation will be give by Father Joe Herzing of St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham. Guest speakers will include Tim Bauer and Gus Booth, attending officer cadet school, Marines, Warroad. The readings "Welcome Home" and "A Soldier's Prayer" will be given by Mariah Dallman and Kendra McCall. Geraldine Dresser of Perham will sing "Let There Be Peace".
The afternoon ceremonies at 4:30 will be opened by the Color Guard from White Earth. Gerald "Hacker" Anderson, Post 3289 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Allen Neuberger of NYM will lead the Star Spangled Banner. Invocation will be given by Frank Wines, Chaplain, American Legion #148 Dent. Guest speaker will be Veteran Joe Potter and Nancy Waller. Arles Kumpala, Sr. Vice President, Ladies Auxiliary Post 3289 will read "A Man Isn't Dead Until He is Forgotten". Ann Dardis of Perham will sing "America the Beautiful".
On Sunday, September 13 at 11:00 a.m. will be opened by the Color Guard of Rasmusson-Schedowski Post 4020 of Perham. Millie Lauer, President of the 9th District Ladies Auxiliary will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The Perham High School Swing Choir under the direction of Kevin Kosiak will sing the Star Spangled Banner. Invocation will be given by Lupe H. Novak, Chaplain, Elmer Goche Post 3922, Wadena. Guest speaker will be Vietnam Veteran Allen "Lindy" Linda of New York Mills and Rosanne Daggett, Former District 10 State Representative from Frazee. Terry Frost will read "Why I've Gone to War". The Perham High School Swing Choir will perform "God Bless America".
Sunday afternoon at 4:30 the ceremonies will be opened by the Charles D. Center Post 3289 of New York Mills. Anthem will be led by the Boy Scouts of Wadena and Robin Elder of Perham will lead the Star Spangled Banner. Invocation will be by Rev. Muriel Hackfeld, First Congregational Church, NYM. Guest speakers will include Vietnam Veteran Dr. Bill Rose and Stan "Killer" Kowalski, WWII Submarine Veterans, and past MN State Commander. Hope Baldwin will give the reading, "Freedom Isn't Free". Gary Bach will sing "Sleep Soldier Boy" and the Praise Group from Trinity will sing "As You Go on Your Way".
"The Wall" will arrive on September 9 with an escort led by the Patriot Guard. The motorcade will form up around 10:00 at the Pamida parking in Perham, leaving around 11:00 and traveling east on Highway 10 until it reaches the New York Mills VFW around Volunteer crews will work through the night to install the 80% size replica (370 foot long and 8 ½ foot tall). Guards will be posted 24 hours a day. Volunteers will be on site from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to assist visitors in finding specific names on the Wall.
The traveling wall contains all 58,253 of the American Military personnel who were direct casualties of the war, including about 1,300 who are still considered Missing in Action. The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall has been made possible by the contributions and hard work of many individuals and businesses. For more information call 218 385-3510 or 218 346-7678 or visit www.ITOWmuseum.org.