ENID, Okla. —
Video: Traveling wall comes home to Enid
Photo slideshow of events surrounding wall's arrival
Henneke said before the ceremony he thanked a couple of riders from Tulsa who accompanied the wall on its final journey.
“They said, ‘Anything for the wall,’” Henneke said. “We here in Enid feel the same way. That’s why we are doing this, and that’s why we want this wall here in northern Oklahoma.”
Dan Ohnesorge, co-chairman of the effort to raise funds to bring the wall to Enid, said the goal was to get as many people involved as possible, to give many in the community a sense of ownership in the wall.
“I think we have succeeded in doing that,” Ohnesorge said.
The wall has been purchased, but the fundraising effort continues, he stressed. The group is trying to raise $100,000 to install the wall, plus for enhancements. Of that, $40,000 already has come in. Donations should be sent to Vietnam Memorial Wall Project, c/o Security National Bank, P.O. Box 1272, Enid, OK 73702, or donations can be made in person at SNB.
Until the end of February, anyone donating $1,000 or more will be recognized with their name on a monument near the wall. The cutoff date is necessary to allow time for the donors’ names to be engraved into the monument. The Vietnam Memorial Wall Project is a 501(c)(3) organization, meaning all donations are tax-deductible.
City Commissioner Todd Ging, a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, said: “More than any other memorial, this one identifies the individual sacrifice of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is 80 percent the size of the original, but still is more than 380 feet long and 8 feet high at its tallest point, made of anodized aluminum.
After the ceremony, the wall was taken to Woodring, where it will be stored until the installation process begins sometime in the next two months.