In June, the largest of the Vietnam traveling walls is scheduled to be on display in Delta, compliments of the local Veterans organizations, Elks, and local businesses. Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3571, Harry A. White American Legion Post 65 and their auxiliaries are working with the Elks regional veterans coordinator, the City of Delta, and local businesses to "make it happen."
"The Wall" is scheduled to arrive in Delta on Wednesday, June 5, just in time to be set up and ready for visitors on June 6, the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the D-Day invasion of Normandy by the United States and her allies. The wall will be open to the public until it is scheduled to leave on Sunday, June 9. The wall is an 80 percent replica of the permanent Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington, D.C. With a length of 380 feet, the wall will be displayed on an area approximately the size of two football fields.
The main fundraiser to bring the wall to Delta will be a pig roast to be held at the Delta Elks Lodge from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 29. This is an ideal opportunity for all vendors and attendees of the Delta Spring Expo going on March 29 and 30. For only $8 per person, or $25 for a family of four, all members of the community have an opportunity to have a wonderful supper of pulled pork, coleslaw, beans, a roll, and their choice of Pepsi products while helping bring the wall here. A whole hog, donated by Taylor Livestock Producers, will be cooked by local veteran Swede Carlson on site.
For additional information, contact Mat Gallegos, the chair of the wall committee, at 589-6909, or Sandy Baker at 314-0964. Tickets are available from Mat or from any of the Delta veteran organizations members, the VFW Post 3571 and American Legion Post 65, and their respective auxiliaries.