BY MELANIE BUCK –
A proclamation signing was held at Mena City Hall on Thursday, March 9, 2017 for The Wall That Heals. Mayor George McKee signed the proclamation declaring the week of March 20-27, 2017 as the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial Week.
The proclamation states in part, “Whereas millions of Americans demonstrated their patriotic commitment in the Vietnam War; thousands made the ultimate sacrifice and thousands more were wounded; and Whereas, those who served in Vietnam had the highest level of education than service members in any previous war, spent the longest period of time in intense combat, and were the youngest to have ever served in the military; and… Whereas, all veterans of the Vietnam War, both living and deceased, POWS, and MIA’s should be honored and remembered with respect and reverence.”
The Wall That Heals traveling replica will arrive in Mena on Wednesday, March 22, with an opening ceremony being held on Thursday, March 23, at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served. The Wall and the Mobile Education Center that accompanies it will be available for viewing until March 26, at 3:30 p.m.
Organizers noted they still need volunteers to help set up around 11 a.m. on March 22, and also for tear down on March 26 at 4 p.m. They are also asking the community to line Highway 71 North, South Mena Street, and Dallas Avenue around 11 a.m. on March 22nd and wave flags as The Wall enters Mena and makes a few blocks before arriving at Bearcat Stadium.
To schedule a group session, to volunteer, or for more information, contact Linda Johnson at 956-241-2633.