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District 308 Board Members Briefed on Vietnam Moving Wall

Feb 14, 2017 01:19PM ● Published by Steven Jack

The Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is scheduled to be in Oswego's Prairie Point park from June 29 to July 3, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Vietnam Combat Veterans Ltd.)

By Allison Selk
District 308 School Board members were briefed Monday night on this summer's appearance of the Vietnam Moving Wall in Oswego — an event that's said to be the biggest happening in town in years. 

The Vietnam Moving Wall will set up in Oswego from June 29 to July 3 as a part of a joint effort between the Village of Oswego, Oswegoland Park District, Oswego School District 308, the Oswego Chamber of Commerce and Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club.

“This humanizes the person and sacrifice of life that was made, which is what America is all about. This is a respect thing — it's very solemn; you can feel the emotion,” said Dave Krahn, Vietnam Moving Wall co-chair. 

The event will be located in Prairie Point Park at the intersection of  Woolley Road and Plainfield Road and will include the wall, a stage, concert green, equipment display and the Healing Field filled with 2017 sponsored flags to honor loved ones, military and personnel.

The Healing Field will be “quite the experience” Krahn said. “It will be quite fascinating to drive down Plainfield road and see 2,000 flags on display.”

Those who wish to sponsor a flag can purchase one for $40 and the flag will be marked with the name of the loved one, as well as catalogued, so when visiting the Healing Field, sponsors can assist patrons in finding their flag.

“Each flag will stay up until closing ceremonies and then people are free to pick up their flags on July 4th,” Krahn said.

Krahn said the Oswego appearance of the Moving Wall began as an initiative of co-chair Herschel Luckinbill, who brought the wall to Aurora in 2013. Krahn said they wanted to offer an opportunity for the veterans and residents in Kendall County and surrounding areas to experience the power of the Vietnam Moving Wall.

“This wall offers a healing process. When Vietnam veterans were out, it was a different time in America, and most never received the proper respect for being in the service. This wall is a draw that’s hard to explain,” Krahn said.

The wall arrives in Oswego June 29 with a procession to the grounds, and opening ceremonies and wreath laying take place June 30. July 1, Gold Star families are asked to attend and be honored and July 2, Sunday services will be performed on the grounds. July 3, closing ceremonies will include shared fireworks with the Village of Oswego.

Those who wish to find a family member, friend or fellow serviceman on the Vietnam Moving Wall will have the opportunity to work with a volunteer who can look up the name on a computer and guide them to the location.

Krahn said it takes approximately $50,000 to bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to Oswego and with help of sponsors, private donors and fundraisers, the money has been steady, but funds are still needed as well as volunteers.

Volunteer registration information can be found on Facebookat “Vietnam Wall Oswego 2017.” Information in person can be found at the Oswego Business Expo Feb. 25 at the Oswego High School Field House. 

How to help
Volunteer read names, traffic control, patron assistance and flag assembly; 2,000 volunteers are needed
Resources Event comes with a $50,000 price tag, donations welcome.
Community Participation youth groups, churches, camps, scouts, daycare/preschools, school groups
Fundraisers March 31 “Salute & Boogie” at Fox Valley Kickers Club, 1015 Harvey Road, Oswego. 
Hundreds of volunteers will read 16 names per minute, during one hour shifts, for 61 straight hours to announce the 58,282 names of soldiers who died fighting in the Vietnam War.
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