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Memorial offers key lessons

Published 9:28am Friday, March 1, 2013

Nearly everyone who has visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. — to read the names of our fallen heroes and see the sun reflect off the black granite — will tell you that it is a moving experience.

The American Legion Post 433 hopes to bring that moving experience, quite literally, to Lawrence County as a way to honor those who paid the ultimate price.

The Moving Wall is a half-scale replica of the memorial and is impressive in its own right. In the works for several years, the plan is to have the wall in Ironton for five days in August to coincide with the Rally on the River motorcycle event. At a cost of almost $6,000, it isn’t cheap but is an important way to educate our youth and even our adults about this important part of history.

Anyone who would like to make a contribution can make out checks to the American Legion Post 433 Moving Wall Fund. They can be taken to Citizens Deposit Bank or mailed to P.O. Box 377 Ironton, OH 45638.

We hope civic organizations, businesses and other groups get behind this project and help the Legion bring the wall here.

The spectacular memorial is something that everyone should see once in their life and this is the next best thing to the real one.


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