Moving Wall honoring Vietnam veterans coming to Holly


HOLLY, MI – American Legion Holly Post 149 brings the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Moving Wall, to Holly for the first time.

The moving wall will be located at the Karl Richter Campus, 300 East St., from Thursday, August 4 through Monday, August 8. The wall will be open to the public 24/7 and can be viewed free of charge.

The moving wall theme in Holly is “Reflections I”. The committee is made up of veterans, business people and citizens. The co-chairs are Vietnam veterans Joe Mishler and Rick Powers.

The Richter Campus is named after Air Force pilot Karl Richter, who was shot down during the 198th mission in North Vietnam. He did not survive.

The wall is considered sacred ground and people leave precious gifts on the wall. The group will pick up items left on the wall at Holly and bring them to the actual wall in Washington, DC on Veterans Day.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial bears the names of 58,318 Americans who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. The Movable Wall is a half-scale model of the current memorial in Washington, DC Vietnam Combat Veterans LTD traveled to the county with the Movable Wall.

The event schedule begins August 4 at the Holiday Inn Express on North Holly Road, off Exit 108 off I-75. The escort will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be led by the Patriot Guard.

Before the escort begins, the Patriot Guard will give a security lecture. The wall is expected to arrive at the Richter Campus around 10 a.m. The opening ceremony will take place at 3 p.m.

On August 5, a POW/MIA service will be held at 7 p.m. On August 6, a veterans reunion will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. All veterans are welcome.

At 19 ‘o clock. on August 6, a special performance will be presented by US Army veteran Joe Mishler and USMC veteran Nick Juno. Their performance is a combination of music and stories.

The closing ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. on August 7. The wall will remain open until it is dismantled on Monday August 8.

The committee is looking for volunteers. If interested, please contact Joe Mishler at 810-348-9960. The committee needs volunteers to cover all time slots as the Wall is open 24/7.

Traveling Walls Schedule

August 3

Arrival at the Holiday Inn Express

August 4

The escort leaves the hotel at 9:30 a.m.

Escort and Wall arrives around 10am

install the wall

open wall

The opening ceremony is at 3 p.m.

5 August

Wall open 24/7

POW/MIA service is at 7 p.m.

August 6

Wall open 24/7

Veterans meeting, 1-4 p.m.

Reflections, Joe Mishler/Nick Juno, 7 p.m.

August 7

Wall open 24/7

The closing ceremony is at 3 p.m.

August 8

Take down the wall and clean up the site

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