This week's announcement that the Vietnam War Moving Wall is returning to Sikeston is especially welcome news. The emotional tribute to those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War will highlight a week in September as part of our sesquicentennial celebration.
The half-size replica of the famous Washington, D.C., memorial is making its second trip to Sikeston. First displayed here in 1991, the Wall then attracted an estimated 55,000 visitors.
Thanks to Tom Austin and members of Fire Base Sikeston, the Wall is returning to highlight the year-long celebration in Sikeston. The community should genuinely thank this group of men who have worked tirelessly to make this dream a reality.
To be located in the Rotary Park, the display has received amazing reviews in every location it has been a part of.
The group is seeking sponsors to help pay the cost of the weeklong display. For information on how you can participate, call Austin at 471-5518. But regardless, mark your calendar for September and be a part of history.
The Sikeston Jaycees have signed-on to help defray the cost of the memorial and to volunteer manpower to help with the massive crowds that are expected. But then again in Sikeston, don't we always count on the Jaycees in times of need?
This will likely be the last time that residents of this area have an occassion to view the Wall. To miss this chance would be a lost opportunity.
Thank you to Austin and the countless volunteers who will provide what is surely to be a highlight of our sesquicentennial celebration. Plan to participate - you will not regret the experience.