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Help needed for Ottawa visit of Vietnam Moving Wall

"The Moving Wall" — a half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial that has toured the country since 1984 — will be on display in Ottawa from Thursday, June 7, to Sunday, June 11.

The memorial to those who died in the Vietnam War last was in Ottawa in 1987. It will be on display at the United Auto Workers Pat Greenhouse Center, 1000 E. Center St.

The event is sponsored by the La Salle County Veterans Tribute Group, which is seeking community support in the form of funds, donations and volunteers.

The cost for the wall is $7,500. Funds also are needed for sound equipment, chairs, tents, lighting, staging, publicity and other items for the event.

The goal is to raise $20,000 to $25,000 to cover all anticipated expenses.

As an initial fundraising event, a $1,000 added benefit blind draw darts tournament is scheduled at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Ottawa VFW Hall, 1501 La Salle St. The entry fee is $20.

The event will include a spaghetti or beef stroganoff dinner (with carryouts available) for $5, a 50/50 drawing, silent auction, cash boards and drinks specials.

Donations can be made to the La Salle County Veterans Tribute Group at the Ottawa Savings Bank or online at gofundme.com/bring-the-moving-wall-to-ottawa-il.

There also is a need for donated items for fundraisers, such as gift baskets and gift certificates.

Additionally, many volunteers will be needed to handle various aspects of the visit.

Tribute group contacts are Chairman Michael Gladd at 815-830-3746 or michaelgladd1951@gmail.com and liaison Daryle Peters at 708-227-6169 or darylepeters@att.net.

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