Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial to visit De Soto
The Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial will visit De Soto from Oct. 2 through 9. The wall will be open to visitors 24 hours a day at Miller Park, 32000 W. 83rd Street. There will also special opening ceremonies daily at 9 a.m. The present national crisis may cause rescheduling of military units set to participate in the memorial's visit. The tentative schedule of events is:
Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Army Color Guard will present the salute to colors. The Pledge of Allegiance will be performed by De Soto VFW Youth Essay Contest winners, Lauren Hampton and Carrie Wilbert. De Soto resident, Cass Faulk, will read her poem "THE WALL."
Charlie Plumb, former POW and author of "I'm No Hero" and "Domino Principal" will be the featured speaker. Memorial wreaths will be presented on opening day by the United States
Veterans of Foreign War Post 6654 Commander E. 'Rocky' Hughes and Auxiliary President Regina Johnson-Lawson present opening day memorial wreaths.The De Soto High School combined choirs ,accompanied by the De Soto High School Band, will perform a musical tribute.
Wednesday. Oct. 3, ceremonies will begin with a presentation of colors by United States Navy Color Guard stationed at Olathe. The guest speaker will be Mike Martin, Master Chief Petty Officer of Naval Special Warfare Unit #1 at Coronado, Calif., who served two tours in Vietnam. Monticello Trails Middle School Band will perform.
Thursday, Oct. 4, the United States Marine Corps will conduct the Presentation of colors. The guest speaker will be General Stephen Burkheiser. The Mill Valley High School Madrigals will provide the music.
Friday. Oct. 5, the United States Air Force. Combined choirs of Lexington Trails and Monticello Trails Middle Schools will provide the music.
Saturday, Oct. 6, the United States Coast Guard will present colors. Britt Small, the nationally acclaimed 'musical voice of the veterans', will provide a tribute at the wall starting at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 6, has been designated VFW Family Day. The members of De Soto VFW Post will conduct the presentation of colors. Guests will include the Department of Kansas Junior Vice Commander Jeff Lawson, 2nd District Commander Tommy Huff; Department of Kansas Auxiliary President Alice Graham, and the 2nd District President R. Elaine Huff.
Joe Henre of the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, will provide accompaniment to Paul Davidson, an aide for U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore singing, 'Sleep Soldier Boy, Sleep'.
Marine Coprs Captain Daniel Kalson of the ROTC Project for the 12 -state Midwestern district will present the National Champion Marine Corps Junior ROTC drill team from Topeka High School, commanded by Retired USMC Major Bob Funk.