Volunteers sought to help with Vietnam memorial

PARKERSBURG – Volunteers will be needed to help those who visit to pay their respects when the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arrives in Parkersburg later this month, an organizer said.

“We are looking for people who can help while the wall is on display,” said Patsy Griner, auxiliary president for VFW Post 8127 in Vienna.

The wall is expected to arrive in City Park on Aug. 26 with the official opening ceremony on Aug. 27, Griner said.

“It is following the official opening that we will need volunteers from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until the wall leaves,” she said.

The wall will be on display from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, according to the wall’s website travelingwall.us/.

The Patriot Guard will escort the wall into City Park and be there for the official ceremony the next day, but volunteers are needed for when people are visiting, Griner said.

Volunteers will help visitors find the names of those they knew who paid the ultimate price during the war.

“It is an important job and we hope enough people are willing to volunteer to help the visitors,” Griner said.

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is a three-fifth scale of the permanent Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. It stands 6-feet tall at the center and is nearly 300 feet long from end-to-end.

Of the more than 58,000 names on the traveling wall, 28 of those fallen soldiers are from Wood County, according to the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.

The purpose of the traveling memorial is to help people heal, rekindle friendships and allow those unable to go to Washington, D.C., to pay their respects, the website states.

The wall was last in City Park during Labor Day weekend 2011.