Vietnam Moving Wall Coming to Oswego
May 17, 2016 11:34PM
● By Shannon Antinori
The Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is scheduled to be in Oswego's Prairie Point park from June 29 to July 3, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Vietnam Combat Veterans Ltd.)
The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club will bring a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Oswego in 2017.
The Moving Wall, a half-size traveling monument created in 1984, will make a stop at Oswego’s Prairie Point Community Park, 4120 Plainfield Road, from June 29 to July 3, 2017. The original Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located in Washington, D.C., and spans two acres.
The effort to bring the Moving Wall to Oswego is spearheaded by Herschel Luckinbill, a Montgomery resident who was also instrumental in bringing the wall to Aurora in 2013. Luckinbill himself served two tours in Vietnam.
“We’re going to make it bigger and better (than Aurora),” said Luckinbill.
Luckinbill said an official announcement about the Moving Wall’s Oswego appearance is set for Flag Day, June 14. An organizational committee meeting is scheduled for May 23.
Dave Krahn, president of the Oswegoland Park District board of commissioners, confirmed that Prairie Point Park will host the wall. The wall will be located near the park’s splash pad and baseball fields.
He said the 58,282 names etched on the wall – including those killed in action as well as military personnel who are categorized as missing in action or prisoners of war – will be read over the five days the wall is in Oswego.
“Volunteers will rotate reading (the names),” Krahn said. “It will never stop ... It will take hundreds of volunteers to pull this off,” he added. “Herschel is kind of the driver (in bringing the wall to Oswego. He just thought it was a great way to honor the veterans of Kendall County,” Krahn added. “I think it’s good for our county. I’m proud that it’s coming to Oswego.
An online sign up form has been established for those who want serve on the planning committee or as a general volunteer at the event.
Krahn said bringing the wall to Oswego will cost between $45,000 and $50,000, which will be funded through sponsorships and donations. A donation website is in the planning stages, he added.
Visit the Vietnam Wall Oswego 2017 Facebook page for more information and updates on the Moving Wall’s stop in Oswego.