Enid, Oklahoma's Woodring Wall of Honor for Vietnam Casualties Needs Your Support
In Enid, Oklahoma, there's an important monument to our military heroes: The Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park. There, visitors can see an 80% scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., with more than 58,000 names of people who died in the Vietnam War.
Unfortunately, seven years of standing before Oklahoma's natural elements has left its mark on the memorial wall with parts of the wall fading, oxidizing, and even cracking. Now, the park is looking to raise money to help restore the piece so people can pay their respects here for years to come.
"It's just maintenance to repair things that were completely beyond our control," Elaine Johns, Woodring Walll of Honor and Veterans Park's executive director, told the Enid News & Eagle. "We want it to look as pristine as it did when we dedicated it in 2013. It's our duty as volunteers to maintain the dignity of the wall, and that's what we're trying to do." The Woodring Wall of Honor is hoping to raise at least $5,000 for repairs. If additional funds are raised, that money will go towards further protection of the wall from sun damage.
"We want to preserve the wall and continue its mission to bring education to the next generation, to bring comfort to those who lived through the Vietnam War and to bring healing to those who've never been able to approach it before," Johns said.
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Since not all veterans can travel to Washington D.C. to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, this special memorial affords veterans the opportunity to mourn, reflect, and pay tribute to loved ones in a different region of the country.
If you would like to help and make a donation, checks can be made out to to Woodring Wall of Honor, PO Box 248, Enid, OK, 73702.