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was in our POST #283

10 NOV - 15 NOV 2010

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall visit was a complete success. The Wall had over 60 thousand visitors during its stay at our post. The visitors included 1,347 motorcycle riders that escorted the wall for the last 30 miles to our post. The Wall opening and main speaker was Medal of Honor recipient Ron Rosser.

This endeavor took the effort of over 1,400 volunteers and 18 months to realize.

The site where The Wall was set used 258 tons of dirt, which were generously donated by the Violet Township in addition to $5,000. Almost every single business in Pickerington contributed in one way or another to make this visit the sucess that it was.

The post thanks everyone involved in this project.


Thousands visited traveling wall

American Legion Post 283 and the Pickerington community paid tribute to those who fought and fell during the Vietnam War when a traveling memorial visited the city 10-15 Nov 2010.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Nov. 10, opening ceremonies for the arrival of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., were held at the David Johnston Memorial Post 283 American Legion, 7725 Refugee Road.

The ceremonies kicked off a six-day stay for the wall, which was guarded by central Ohio veterans 24 hours a day.

This event marked the first time the wall, a three-fifths scale model of the actual Vietnam Memorial, has come to Pickerington. Standing six feet high at the center and stretching almost 300 feet from end to end, it was available for observation at American Legion Post 283 through Nov. 15.

The local American Legion post has sought to bring the wall to Pickerington for about 18 months. The endeavor began when Post 283 member L.S. Pauley, a U.S. Army veteran who saw combat in Vietnam, contacted the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard, located in Brevard County, Fla., who own and maintain the traveling memorial wall.

Dennis Clausing, commander of the American Legion's Department of Ohio,spoke before turning the podium over to keynote speaker, Ronald Rosser, a local Medal of Honor recipient for his service in the Korean War.

Of the 58,267 names on the Vietnam Memorial Wall 3,097 were Ohioans. Twenty-six were from Fairfield County, including Pickerington High School graduate and Post 283's namesake, David Johnston.The Pickerington Local School District recognized  the event by canceling all classes on Nov. 11. Students from throughout the district displayed artwork and essays commemorating the event and those who served in Vietnam.

Members of Pickerington High School Central's and Pickerington High School North's choirs and bands performed patriotic songs at approximately 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. on Veterans Day at the American Legion.

The Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society and the Groveport-based Motts Military Museum also provided displays, including photographs and biographies of area veterans who served in Vietnam.

Closing ceremonies were held at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at Post 283. Pickerington police officer Dan Simcox, a decorated Vietnam veteran, spoke.


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click the link above to view information regarding a name on The Wall.