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Posted on: April 14, 2017

Vietnam Combat Veterans Moving Wall coming to Sachse

April 14, 2017

Sachse hosts Vietnam War Wall over Memorial Day

SACHSE (April 14, 2017) Through a partnership among the Sachse Historical Society, the City of Sachse and the Sachse Economic Development Corporation, the Vietnam Combat Veterans Moving Wall will be set up in the Sachse City Hall courtyard during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

                    The Wall, a half-sized replica of the permanent structure on the Washington D.C. mall, will be on display from Thursday, May 25 through Monday, May 29 at Sachse City Hall, 3815 Sachse Road. 

                    “The Wall is a stark reminder of the ultimate sacrifices people made during the Vietnam War,” says City Council member Brett Franks, who serves as co-chair of the local committee responsible for the event.  “We often say that freedom is not free, and the Wall is a testament to the men and women who paid the ultimate price for it.  We are honored to bring the Wall to our community.” 

                    Jim Mathis, a member of the Sachse Historical Society, serves as co-chair of the committee, which includes a number of local dignitaries and area residents.

                    In addition to the free admittance to the grounds during the Wall’s stay, a special Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the site.  The solemn ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 29 and will include speeches, songs and other appropriate tributes.

                       “Many of us have not had a chance to visit the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington, so this is a wonderful opportunity to pay our respects to the men and women who died in that conflict,” added Franks.  “We can never repay these patriots or their families for the service they gave to the nation, but we can honor their memory by paying homage through events like this one.”          

                    Other sponsors of the visit include American National Bank of Texas; Farmers Electric Cooperative; Edward J. Brown; Bob Soule; Atmos Energy; Marine Corps League, LCpl Jacob D. Hays Detachment #1426; American Legion Post 315; The Store Décor; Diane Lockridge; and Sandy Baker.

                    The Vietnam War claimed the lives of 824 North Texans among the 3,417 Texans who gave their lives in the war.  In total, 58,220 U.S. military men and women were killed in the conflict.  The Wall was last in the DFW area in 2009. 

                    A special motorcycle escort is being planned for the Wall’s arrival.  Interested motorcycle riders may contact Bryan Tillman at 214-792-2473 for more information.  To learn more about the work of the Sachse Historical Society, please visit www.sachsehistoricalsociety.org or contact Jim Mathis at chief0384@gmail.com.

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