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By Max Erickson
News Editor 

The Wall is on its way

 

August 2, 2017



The Wall That Heals—a travelling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.—will arrive in Goldendale Aug. 30 ,and members of the Goldendale Masonic Lodge 31 are working hard to iron out the planning stages for its arrival.

With an estimated 4,000 to 10,000 visitors expected to see the wall, a lot needs to be done to make things run smoothly, including organizing volunteers and staff, finalizing seating arrangements, and having hospitality rooms stocked with refreshments.

Lodge Chairman Scott Robinson, who is leading the planning and implementation of the event, is happy with the support they have received from the city and other local organizations.

“Everybody has really stepped up.” Robinson said. “This will bring Goldendale together and we’ve had huge support from the city, the fairgrounds, the County Commissioners, the American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, and from the mayor’s office.”

The Wall That Heals will leave from Legends Casino in Toppenish on Aug. 30 around 10 a.m. and make the trip south to Goldendale. Robinson says around 300 bikers will escort the modified 53-foot truck trailer carrying the wall, along with members of Klickitat County law enforcement and Yakama Tribal police.

The Wall is scheduled to arrive in Goldendale around 11 a.m. and will travel down Broadway Street on its way to the Klickitat County Fairgrounds where it will display from Aug. 31 to Sept. 3. The Masonic Lodge is encouraging the people of Goldendale to line the street from Broadway to the fairgrounds around 10:30 a.m., waving American flags, giving a warm welcome when the Wall arrives.

The Lodge is also asking residence to install green porch lights on Broadway to participate in the program Greenlight A Vet, a national movement to honor our veterans by acknowledging their service with a green porch light. To learn more please visit http://www.greenlightavet.com

“This is really neat to see this happen,” Robinson said. “It’s a heartwarming experience to be involved with and is moving forward in a good way for Goldendale.”

The members of the lodge will continue to hold weekly meetings until the wall arrives with progress updates and troubleshooting problems that may arise between now and Aug. 30.

The Sentinel will continue to cover the progress and planning by the Masonic Lodge and will have updated information regularly.

 

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