Friday, June 10, 2011

Natick, Vietnam Memorial Wall

Volunteers waited for thunderstorms to pass and endured the heat Thursday to set up the Vietnam Memorial Wall, which just arrived in Natick and will remain on the Natick High School practice soccer field until June 12.

Volunteer Cary Holmes said since it was announced that the wall was coming to town, he received an outpour of people in town looking to donate their time. Holmes said there were roughly 270 people who volunteered to read the names of the 58,400 men and women who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The names were recorded on tape on Natick Pegasus and will be on file for years to come as a part of Natick's oral history. Among the volunteers who read were WCVB TV personalities Susan Wornick and Harvey Leonard, town officials, war veterans, eight Natick High School students, a 9-year-old child and other members of the community.

The opening ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the wall.

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