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DAR veterans chair volunteers at the Vietnam Moving Wall

  • Sheila Albright, Michael Hillegas Chapter, DAR, explains the significance of items on the Missing Man Table at the Vietnam War Moving Wall.

    Sheila Albright, Michael Hillegas Chapter, DAR, explains the significance of items on the Missing Man Table at the Vietnam War Moving Wall.
    PHOTO COURTESY OF SHARON TANNER

 
Submitted by Sharon Tanner
Michael Hillegas NSDAR
updated: 5/24/2019 9:27 AM

SALINE COUNTY -- Sheila Albright, Michael Hillegas Chapter/NSDAR Veterans Chairman, volunteered to work at the Vietnam Moving Wall at the VA Hospital in Marion, Illinois May 2 -5, 2019. After a training session, she worked at the Wall and at the educational area.

As visitors entered the event their first stop included information, flyers, etc. about the traveling wall.

A bank of volunteers provided them with information on how to locate a specific soldier, including the panel number and line the name was on.

They were also given a paper with the year, and a special crayon to make a rubbing of the name at the wall.

There were many tears and stories guides heard during those four days.

After visitors left the wall, they stopped by the educational tent where they signed the visitor's book and had the chance to look at maps, see military posters, and pick up schedules for ongoing activities.

Other activities included a candlelight vigil as well as several wreath-layings in honor of the fallen men.

The Michael Hillegas Chapter also was honored to set up the Missing Man Table for the event.

More than 1,300 schoolchildren visited the Wall that Friday, with more than 6,200 visitors visiting the event.

The event was very impressive. Michael Hillegas DAR Chapter was so appreciated that their Chapter Veteran's Chairman was chosen serve as part of this important veteran's event.