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V.F.W. prepares for Vietnam Memorial Wall, June 4-7

For the last several months, many people have been working on plans to bring the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall to New York Mills this June. Inspired by a local veteran who was determined to bring "The Wall" to the area, a committee was formed. Together with other VFW members and community supporters the group has raised about $10,000 including over $2,500 from the successful chili feed and silent auction and bake sale put on by the VFW and Auxiliary in early April. The committee thanks everyone who has participated so far and invites others to make a donation to help support this very worthwhile event.

The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall will open to the public Thursday, June 4 with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. While the traveling wall is in New York Mills there will be special programs each day at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursday night, at 7 p.m., the Wadena Area Concert Band will perform in the bandshell. All the events will be free and open to the public.

The arrival of "The Wall" will be June 3 with a motorcade escort beginning in Wadena on Highway 10 until it reaches the New York Mills VFW. Volunteer crews will work through the night to install the 80 percent size replica (370 foot long and 8½ foot tall). Guards will be posted 24 hours a day and there will be many performances, presentations and speeches to honor veterans through the 4-day event. The centerpiece of the exhibit commemorates the 58,253 American Military personnel (eight were women) who were direct casualties of the war, including about 1,300 who are still considered Missing in Action (MIA). In addition, the exhibit includes The Cost of Freedom Memorial, honoring those who gave their lives for our freedom since Vietnam, including present day Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as well as tributes to WWII veterans.

For more information call 218-385-3510 or 218-346-7678 or visit