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Vietnam Wall coming to Tyronza

Posted Friday, January 18, 2013, at 1:43 PM

There was a saying by Christ that has always stuck with me. He once said, "No greater thing can one do is to lay down his life for his friends". This is the case of all of our military from the Revolutionary War, through the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Iraq through the Afghanistan conflict.

There has been the shedding of blood for the freedom of others. Without those, who chose to place their lives in harm's way, we would not be a free county as we are today.

There is going to be a great event that will be taking place in Tyronza in May, during the Stars and Stripes festival. A couple of years ago, Marked Tree was fortunate enough to encourage our leaders of the Vietnam Wall to have the wall transported to Marked Tree during the Cotton Pickin' Jubilee. With the wall came many Vietnam veterans to honor those who have died in combat during Vietnam.

We now, in Poinsett County have a second chance to have the Vietnam Wall transported into a portion of our county. The city of Tyronza, during the Stars and Stripes festival, which will be taking place during the month of May of this year, will be having the Vietnam Wall transported into the city.

To the best of my knowledge, the wall will be assembled in the center of Tyronza, at the intersection of Main and Church Streets.

If a person has not had a chance to see the wall, you will be more than impressed by all of the names of the fallen soldiers during Vietnam. The occasion is glorious and also solemn. It is a great event to have such a monument placed in your area, but, also there is a solemn scene, in the sense of the word, for all of the soldiers who accompany the wall. This event will be so important to our area and also for those veterans who travel with the Vietnam Wall.

There are already events, such as fundraisers, that are starting to occur to bring the wall into Tyronza. This past Saturday night, at the cafeteria in Tyronza, was a chili supper. David and Donna Wood of Tyronza have placed a lot of energy into the sale of tickets. The event was a success.

There will also be more fundraisers as we get closer to the month of May. If there is any way possible, attend the events. Also, if there is any way that you can help, in any way financially, with this great cause, try your very best to help.

We are very fortunate to have this great monument to travel to our area. Let's place the Stars and Stripes festival on our calendar. Not only will we have a great time during the event, we will be able to witness this great wall that contains all of the names of fallen soldiers that gave their lives so that we could have the freedoms that we have today. In Poinsett County, we had young men who died in this war. Their names are placed within the wall. So, let us take this worthy project very serious and help in every way possible for the success. Not only are we supporting one of our cities of the county, but, also we are witnessing great people, who have given of their lives, so that we may live as free citizens in the United States.

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