On Thursday, July 27th, a tribute to Vietnam war veterans opened in Centerville, as part of an exhibit honoring those who died during the war and local veterans who died after returning home. This event, hosted by the Washington-Centerville Public Library featured The Wall That Heals — a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The “Welcome Home” ceremony took place at Yankee Park followed by the closing ceremony on Sunday, July 30th.

The traveling exhibit honors the three million Americans who served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War. This exhibit bears the names of 58,281 service members who lost their lives in Vietnam. The tribute also features a special “In Memory Honor Roll”. The display featured photos of Ohio veterans from the Vietnam War who died after returning home due to Agent Orange, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other illnesses.

As a sponsor, Monterey Consultants, Inc. had the privilege of being a part of this extraordinary event. Our CEO, Bill Pollard, took part in the opening ceremony in Centerville. Each branch of the military was recognized and honored as part of the ceremony’s opening. Bill was asked to lay a wreath representing the U.S. Air Force.

Additionally, we would also like to give a special thanks to Lina Kevin and Lisa Barlage, Jana Barnett, Abbey and Wes Eppley, Michael Lin, Mike Lovano, and Amber Orcutt for volunteering at this event. Kevin and Lisa traveled from Columbus, Ohio on Saturday to take part.

For more information about this event visit: www.wclibrary.info/thewallthatheals/