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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Thank you for making the Moving Wall possible in Juneau

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I wanted to write and express my thanks to those who made it possible for the Moving Wall to come to Juneau. I was just a child when the Vietnam War was raging and did not lose anyone that I loved, like so many others did. I went to see it the first time alone and took time to read the names and several of the letters and news clippings left alongside the memorial. It was a visually powerful statement of how many gave their lives for the freedom of another land. The second time I went with my husband and small children. I saw vets searching for names of friends and family and tears began to well in my eyes. Thank you so much to all the vets who gave their lives in that war, to those who returned forever changed and the families who lost those they loved.

Sue Ryan


Thank you for contributing to Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

The American Legion Auke Bay Post 25 would like to thank the following businesses, organizations and private citizens for their support and contributions in sponsoring the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall. Vintage Business Park, Safeway, Superbear, Coca Cola Bottling Company of Juneau, Alaska Landscape, T&S Welding, Alpine Portable Toilets, Alaska Litho, Alaska Seafood, KINY, Taku 105, KJNO, McDonalds, Wells Fargo, First Bank, AEL&P, Princess Tours, Parts Plus, Western Auto, Sealaska, Honda Hut, Spickler/ Egan Financial, Century 21 Realtors, Huna Heritage, Tongass Eye Clinic, Glacier Valley Rotary, IBEW Local 1547, Greens Creek Mining, Chief Petty Officers Association, DAV Chapter 4, VFW Taku Post 5559, American Legion Post 25, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 25, George Roberts, Fred Wittanen, Warren Wild, Tim Armstrong, Bob McNaughton, Dick Hand, Jean Clayton, Bill Jacobi, Lowell Barrick, Evelyn Oliver, the Walter Sperl family, the Charles Gamble family, state Representative Beth Kertulla.

A special Thanks to all the watchstanders who were on watch 24/7. The U.S Coast Guard officers, chiefs and enlisted personal, U.S. Navy Officers, Chiefs and Enlisted personal, U.S. Marine Corps recruiters from Anchorage, U.S. Army recruiters, Boy Scout Troop 700, all local veterans and civilian personal.

A special thanks to Dave Hulbert, for playing taps every night at 10 p.m.; and John and Joy Devitt, who are the founders of the Moving Wall. Joe Fields from Fairbanks for being the State Coordinator and bringing the Moving Wall back to Alaska.

Thank you, and bravo, Zulu.

Jim Pisa


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