New DVD features Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

In the fall of 2013, thousands of visitors arrived at the Concordia Sports Complex when the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall was opened to the public.

For many, it was a time of healing. For others, it marked a time of honor, reflection and reverence. Now -- more than one year later -- community members can bring home a keepsake.

Several members of the traveling wall's organizing committee created a DVD, which includes photographs and video of the four-day event.

"I was on the committee that helped organize the event," chairman Mark Heins said. "It was an honor and a privilege to serve on the committee to get the Wall to Concordia. It was a humbling experience to put it all together, and it was gratifying to see the patriotism that our community displayed during that week."

Heins stated Paul Brandt, along with Elmer Storck, has been instrumental in putting the video together.

"It's kind of a nice little keepsake of what all took place during the week. They did a good job putting it all together," Heins said.

The Traveling Wall came from Broward County, Fla., and was open to the public during the 2013 Concordia Fall Festival. The organizing committee hosted fundraisers and received sponsorships. It also helped in the coordinating of setup and take down of the Wall, planning of the opening and closing ceremonies.

"We had the military band from Scott Air Force Base, in Illinois. We arranged the speakers, the security, locater tent and volunteers," Heins explained. "There was a lot that went with it. It was a lot of coordination with the Concordia Fall Festival Board. It was their idea, but they just didn't have the time to dedicate just to the Vietnam Traveling Wall. Everybody pitched in and did their part. Everyone had different responsibilities."

Moments from the event are highlighted on the video, which runs approximately 30 minutes, from the Wall's arrival to its departure. DVD's are available for a small fee at State Bank of Missouri and Concordia Bank, both in Concordia.

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