Excitement is building as Berwyn prepares to welcome The Moving Wall. The half-size replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial will come to Berwyn Aug. 7 through Aug.11, as part of its 2014 nationwide touring schedule.
The 252-foot-long memorial wall replica will be open to visitors 24 hours per day for five days in Proksa Park, 3001 S. Wisconsin Ave., Berwyn.
Committees are at work to make sure Berwyn’s Honor 2014 event will be a fitting commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and the 30th anniversary of The Moving Wall.
As co-chairs of the History and Research Committee, Richard Leja and I helped identify 11soldiers from Berwyn and 60 from nearby communities who gave their lives in the Vietnam War. Mrs. Lucile Evans, as a retired South Berwyn Grade School District teacher and Berwyn resident, and I, as a retired Clerk of the City of Berwyn and current Stickney resident, were able to draw on professional and community associations to aid in this search.
I am especially grateful for assistance rendered by current municipal clerks of Berwyn, Brookfield, Cicero, Forest Park, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lyons, Oak Park, Riverside, Stickney and Western Springs.
The Research Committee now is seeking volunteers to help locate relatives and friends of these 71 fallen heroes and invite them to share their stories of service and sacrifice. Volunteers may call Reba Wachal at 708-788-1701, Ext. 13.
We are especially anxious to locate photographs of already identified soldiers and those from new areas to display as their names are read at the memorial ceremony.
Other committees also need help. Those wishing to volunteer may call Conor Cahill or Richard Leja at 708-795-2892. We hope many will answer the call to honor our veterans.
Donald E. Pechous