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SoVaNow.com / January 17, 2013Dear Viewpoint:
At the beginning of this school year, Jennifer Roark, Social Studies teacher at Halifax County Middle School, contacted the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund concerning the traveling tour of “The Wall That Heals.” This 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC has visited more than 350 sites since 1996, spreading its healing message to millions. In October, Roark was notified that Halifax County Middle School had been approved for the 2013 tour and was scheduled here from April 11-14. An exhibit of this scale was very costly to create and to move and set up, and requires site managers who accompany “The Wall” while it is in our community. The host site is asked to help defray some of these expenses. As this was not a budgeted then, area businesses, organizations and individuals were contacted to raise the minimum $5,000 needed in order to sign the contract to bring the exhibit here.
I would like to thank the following for helping to meet this requirement: James Edmunds, True Value, Franklin Garage, Franklin’s Transport, Mac Ragans Auto, GCR Company, Dr. Roger Long, Sons of the American Legion, Halifax County Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy, Dr. Merle Herndon, Tom Allen, American Legion Post 8, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 8, Halifax Regional Development Foundation, Benchmark Bank, American Legion Riders, Tri-River Chapter 840 Vietnam Veterans of America, Union Christian Church of Virgilina, Halifax County Post 8243 VFW, American Legion Post 8 Honor Guard, Comfort Systems USA, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 337, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 260, Sons of Confederate Veterans-John M. Jordan Camp #581, Mike and Kim Farson.
This year our nation begins an on-going commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam. While here, the exhibit will be open to the public 24 hours a day to all who seek healing and understanding of this part of our nation’s history. There is no charge for admission. If there are others who would like to help raise the additional funds needed, checks may be made out and mailed to Halifax County Middle School, Attention Jennifer Roark, 1011 Middle School Circle, South Boston, VA 24592. Please put “The Wall” on your check’s memo line.
Thanks to all,
Fay Satterfield, Vice President,
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 8