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Moving Wall memorial coming to Berwyn, local surviviors of those named being sought

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 5:46 p.m. CDT
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The Moving Wall Vietnam memorial is coming to Berwyn in August and family and friends of area soldiers whose names appear on the Wall are invited to attend a dedication ceremony.

BERWYN – The black, gabbro facade of the Vietnam Wall memorial in Washington, D.C., is inscribed with the names of 58,264 men and eight women who died in Southeast Asia from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. All of them left someone behind.

A replica Moving Wall is coming to Berwyn in August, and the Berwyn Park District is seeking family members and friends of the 60 servicemen from the Berwyn area whose names are on the memorial. They came from Berwyn, Cicero, Brookfield, Forest Park, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lyons, Oak Park, Riverside, Stickney and Western Springs.

The Moving Wall will be displayed from Aug. 7 to 11 in Proksa Park, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. Family members and friends of those soldiers named on The Moving Wall are invited to attend a ceremony where the names of each of the 60 soldiers will be read aloud and their families and friends will be acknowledged.

The Moving Wall has been touring the country since 1984. Access to The Moving Wall during its visit to Berwyn will be available on a 24-hour basis and is free and open to all who wish to visit.

Anyone with questions and anyone interested in offering support towards The Moving Wall experience are invited to contact Reba Wachal via email at rwachal@berwynparks.org, or at 708-788-1701.

They may also contact Hillary Fulara at hfulara@berwynparks.org, or at 708-795-2892, or by mail at Berwyn Park District, 3701 S. Scoville Ave, Berwyn, IL 60402.

More information about the Moving Wall’s visit to the Berwyn Park District in August of 2014 is also available at www.movingwall.berwynparks.org.

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