Moving Wall volunteers needed at A&M-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Media

Oct. 5, 2006 - Volunteers are needed to help with the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that will be on the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus during a four-day vigil beginning Thursday, Nov. 9.

The Moving Wall is a traveling tribute to Vietnam veterans, which will be erected on the West Lawn of the Sam Rayburn Memorial Student Center late Tuesday, Nov. 7. 

"We have a great need for volunteers," said Connie Mears, chair of the Veterans Vigil Committee and student center staff member.

Area residents with military experience are needed to stand sentry at the Vigil Flame and Moving Wall from the opening ceremony which begins Thursday, Nov. 9, until Sunday, Nov. 12.

Also, the committee requests name readers to read the 58,000-plus names of Vietnam veterans on the Wall in 30-minute increments during the observance, as well as volunteers to work at the tent that will be erected on the West Lawn and help those viewing the memorial find names they may be looking for.

Area high school trumpet players are also needed to play "Taps" every hour on the hour during the event.

Student musicians interested in participating contact Dr. Chris White, music department chair, at 903-886-5303 or by visiting www.tamu-commerce.edu/music/.

Business leaders and merchants of Commerce are encouraged to advertise in the patrons section of the program that will be published listing the observance events. Those who make a $200 donation to the program will be invited to the patron luncheon following the opening ceremony and the lighting of the Vigil Flame. They will also receive a complimentary Moving Wall T-shirt, according to Mears.

For more information, refer to http://campusactivities.tamu-commerce.edu/vigil/index.asp.

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