The Moving Wall – a traveling half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial – is stopping in Sebring in November.
That’s if John E. Vawter Sr., commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4300, can raise the remaining $4,600 to bring the wall here. His mission to raise $10,000 to bring the Moving Wall to Sebring began last October. So far the organization has received $5,400 in donations from organizations like the Veterans Council of Highlands County.
With less than two months left, they need community support to help them raise the remaining money. Raising the funds has been their biggest challenge. “Money is scarce,” Vawter said. But Vawter has no doubts they will succeed.
The wall is scheduled to be placed outside of Lakeshore Mall from Nov. 18 to 21. The Moving Wall has toured the country for 26 years, stopping in places like Las Vegas, Nevada, and Anchorage, Alaska. It was in Sebring in 1999 and 2000.
With about 20,000 veterans living in Highlands County, the VFW Post 4300 wants to bring the wall back. It’s kept the legacy of Vietnam veterans, who died or went missing in action, alive, said Vawter.
“We need to educate people. We need to expose them to veterans who gave so much and received very little,” Vawter said.
The wall has more than 58,000 names of veterans who died or went missing during the Vietnam War. Visitors will be able to find family and friends’ names on the wall through a computer system.
Donations can be made to VFW Post 4300, 2010 Vietnam Wall. For more information, contact John E. Vawter Sr. at (863) 414-6133.