American Veterans Traveling Tribute and The Traveling Wall is coming to El Dorado in September
The American Legion in El Dorado will be bringing the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and The Traveling Wall to El Dorado this September.
To help recognize local veterans while it is here, the Legion is asking for help from the community to locate photos of casualties from Vietnam. Legion members are looking for family members of Gary Clifford Bannon and Richard Noyce Seglem of Leon; Stanley Dean Calvin, John Michael Hiebert, Steven Dale Howard, Kenneth Duane Johnson, Craig Wesley Mitchell, Lenton Eugene Mizer, Glen Johnson Taliaferro, Walter Lee Taylor, Jr., James Earl Turner and Michael Alan White of El Dorado; David Lee DeLaughder, Donald Allen Evans and Clinton Dwight Pierce of Augusta; Norman Wayne Partridge of Towanda; and John Harold Turner of Potwin. They are seeking any photos of the veterans in country or in their uniforms to be included in a memorial that will be displayed while the Wall is here.
People can call the Legion at 321-3767 to arrange to have the photos picked up or email them to the Legion.
There also will be dog tags of those who lost their lives In addition, there will be an exhibit from a private museum in Halstead. This will include weapons and clothes from both sides of the war. This exhibit will be set up in the Legion bingo hall and is open to the public.
“This tribute includes the Vietnam Wall, but the timeline is from World War I to Korea and the Gulf War and War on Terrorism,” said Bob Hendricks, Legion commander.
Another part of the exhibits will be from the Kansas Museum of Military History in Augusta, which will have a static display of Vietnam-era equipment on display.
The exhibit is being brought to El Dorado with the help of several donors throughout the county, which are helping to cover the $15,000 cost. The donors will be identified at the exhibit based on their level of giving. People also can make a donation in memory of someone and for every donation of $100 or more, a banner will be made in that person’s honor, then presented to the donor after the events are over.
The Wall will be escorted into town Sept. 3 as it arrives from Michigan. It will be on display at the Legion, located at 1801 W. Central, from Sept. 4 through 7.
Volunteers are needed to help set up the Wall on that Thursday morning at 8, usually taking a couple of hours. Then volunteers will be needed again from about 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday to take it down. Anyone interested in helping can just show up during one of those times. People also can volunteer while the tribute is here to help operate computers to locate names on the Wall, drive golf carts to get people to the Wall if assistance is needed or to just assist people and give them someone to lean on.
There also will be the VA van there to offer assistance to veterans; the Kansas Veterans Commission helping with paperwork for benefits; and vendors, including food and drinks, as well as patriotic yard art. Anyone interested in being a vendor can contact Dani at 651-755-1260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also during the days, there will be breaks in the program if anyone wants to offer entertainment for one-hour slots.