By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
People from throughout the region wanting to volunteer during the visit of the Vietnam Traveling Wall to Imperial April 22-26 can now do so.
Organizer Jana Pribbeno said sign-up opened Wednesday. People can sign up either online or by visiting or calling Pinnacle Bank in Imperial.
The first opportunity to volunteer is Thursday morning, April 23, beginning at 8 a.m. to assist with set-up of tents, chairs and staging area.
Pribbeno said the volunteer slots are based on two-hour intervals starting at noon Thursday, April 23; from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the final day, Sunday, April 26.
She said up to two volunteers may be needed for each shift. People can sign up together if they like or sign up by themselves, in which case another volunteer will be assigned to the shift.
People can volunteer in a number of areas: event staging, locating names on the Wall, Wall rubbings, greeters and program coordinators, golf cart drivers, merchandise sales, parking, ground maintenance, coffee station and taking down the Wall.
Volunteers are also being sought for security shifts that will run 24/7 throughout the event.
Online sign-up can be done by going to bit.ly/1DI361g. People can also go to the Imperial Republican’s web site,
www.imperialrepublican.com, and scroll down to the “Featured Media” area on the right. There, people can link to the sign-up site as well as a Facebook page dedicated to the Vietnam Traveling Wall visit to Imperial.
Full program of events planned
Pribbeno said they have a full slate of events planned during the Wall’s five-day visit.
The first event will be a motorcade escort of the Wall from Enders to Imperial on Wednesday, April 22.
Opening ceremonies and the opening of the Wall will be held at noon, Thursday, April 23.
Daily programs, events and observances are being planned.
Once the exhibit opens, she said the Wall will be accessible to visitors around the clock until closing ceremonies Sunday, April 26.
The effort is being spearheaded by the Imperial Chamber of Commerce and VFW Post 4688 and its auxiliary.
The Wall is being brought to Imperial by the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT).
Based in Flint, Texas, AVTT is a veteran-owned project committed to traveling the USA to honor, respect and remember those who served, and pay specific tribute to those who gave all. They provide the Wall, crew and expertise for the traveling memorial.
The Wall will be erected on the Wellington football field at 1150 Wellington Street.
AVTT’s Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C., is the largest Wall replica traveling the USA.
It is not to be confused with several other replica walls that share the same mutual mission, including The Moving Wall, The Dignity Wall and the Wall That Heals.
Remembering, educating and respect represent the main focuses of AVTT.
Fundraising for vet memorial
The Traveling Wall event will also serve as a kick-off for a fundraising effort by VFW Post 4688 and auxiliary to establish a permanent veterans memorial in Imperial honoring all veterans.
One of the sites being considered is on the Chase County Courthouse grounds.
Anyone interested in contributing to the permanent veterans memorial can send donations to: VFW Post 4688, Box 518, Imperial NE 69033.