MANHATTAN, Ill. — The Village of Manhattan is set to honor veterans with an exhibit of the Vietnam Moving Wall from June 30 to July 5 in the Wabash parking lot in front of the Manhattan Township Building located at 230 S. Wabash Street.
The Manhattan American Legion Post 935 will host the event, which has been sponsored by the Village. The half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial has been touring the country for more than 30 years, paying tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Manhattan Mayor Mike Adrieansen said he was inspired to bring the exhibit to the village after visiting the wall himself and feeling emotionally overwhelmed. Trustee Ron Adamski, a former U.S. Navy veteran, joined the effort to bring the exhibit to Manhattan.
“Our staff is working hard to make this event the respectful and memorable event that it should be as we honor our armed service members,” said Adamski.
Bob Metzger, Commander of American Legion Post 935, said the exhibit will not only honor the members of the Armed Services who gave their lives but also educate young people about the sacrifices made for them to live their lives to the fullest.
The Village of Manhattan is still finalizing the details of the event and is looking for volunteers to support the exhibit. Anyone interested in volunteering or donating can contact Kristen Reinke at Village of Manhattan at 815-418-2053 or email@example.com.