CALUMET - There exists a mobile three-fifths size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and there's an effort to bring it to the Calumet area.
Maj. Mike Farley of the Calumet High School Junior ROTC, said the Vietnam Moving Wall is available for rental, but a $2,500 fee is needed to bring it to a community, so a fundraising effort has begun, and the first event, a pancake breakfast sponsored by the CHS JROTC, will take place Saturday at the C-L-K Schools cafeteria. The cost is $5 per person.
Farley said the hope is to have the wall in the community in July 2014 during the reunion for the class of 1964. There are two names from that class on the wall. They are Patrick B. Coppo and Marshall F. Kipina. Other CHS graduates listed on the wall are Paul H. Pirkola, John P. Musich and Gene R. Koski. There are 15 Houghton County residents and one Keweenaw County resident listed on the wall.
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Gladstone American Legion Drill Team members, from left, Tony Sustarich, Wayne Berthaume and Don Couillard, stand watch over a three-fifths size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial when it was in Gladstone in July 2012.
Farley said the moving wall was constructed because many people who like to see the original may not be able to get to Washington, D.C.
"It's easier to get to the replica," he said.
Farley said before a date for receiving the moving wall will be made, the $2,500 fee has to be secured. It's hoped a date for having the wall in Calumet can be arranged by late this summer or early autumn.
Tickets for the pancake breakfast can be purchased from any JROTC cadet, or at the American Legion Post 61 in Calumet and the VFW Post 3900 in Calumet. The chairman of the committee to bring the moving wall to Calumet is Donald Bausano.
Farley said the planned sites for the moving wall are the Legion Field in the Calumet Industrial Park and the C-L-K practice football field.
The VFW Post 3900 is taking donations for the moving wall, Farley said.