VFW Post 7333 of Randolph Brings Traveling Tribute to the Area

group of people holding proclamations

Officials at a press conference, March 9 with proclamations celebrating the plans to bring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall to CCM in July. Pictured are (l-r) CCM President Tony Iacono, Kellie Doucette from Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill’s office, Dover Mayor Carolyn Blackman, Randolph Mayor Marie Potter, Willy Tolba from Congresswoman Miki Sherrill’s office, William Menzel and Emerson Crooks from VFW Post 7333, Deputy Director of the Morris County Board of County Commissioners John Krickus, County Commissioner Stephen Shaw, State Senator Anthony M. Bucco, Assemblywoman Aura Dunn.

Residents from Morris County and beyond will have the opportunity to experience the poignancy and meaning associated with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial when The Moving Wall, a half-size replica, comes to County College of Morris (CCM) this July at the initiative of VFW Post 7333 of Randolph.

The Moving Wall will be on display July 7 – July 11 at the college, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, near Parking Lot 1.

The ceremonies begin on July 8 with proclamations from Randolph Township and Morris County. The Grand Opening will be on July 9 and include a prayer from Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney from the Diocese of Paterson and proclamations from the U.S. Congress and New Jersey State

Legislature. There will also be a tribute to Gold Star families and a wreath laying ceremony.  July 10 will include a prayer from Rabbi Asher Herson from the Chabad Center of Northwestern New Jersey and the singing of God Bless America. July 8 through July 10 also will feature rifle salutes and then the playing of Taps each evening at 8 p.m. The closing ceremony will take place the morning of July 11 with a prayer from Reverend Timothy Clarkson from Union Hill Presbyterian Church in Denville, the Retiring of Colors and the collection of wreaths and any mementos left at the wall.

Visitors who lost someone in the Vietnam War will be invited to make a rubbing of their loved one’s name from the wall throughout the course of each day.

See More About the Moving Wall and Morris County Soldiers in Vietnam

Go to: morriscountynj.gov/TheMovingWall2022

Veteran and State Senator shaking hands

State Senator Anthony M. Bucco (r) presents a proclamation from the New Jersey Legislature during a press conference at County College of Morris on March 9 to William Menzel of VFW Post 7333, who is serving as project coordinator to bring the Moving Wall to the CCM campus in July.

“Thanks to the efforts of State Senator Anthony Bucco and VFW members like Emerson Crooks and Jack Sassaman, we will be able to experience the Vietnam Wall and honor our fallen service members. Our goal is to help bring healing to veterans, families and friends who suffered through this divisive conflict,” said Bill Menzel from VFW Post 7333, the project coordinator. “The Moving Wall additionally is intended to educate youth about the Vietnam War and its impact on the nation and veterans.”

“We are honored to have been asked to host The Moving Wall at CCM to recognize all veterans, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and to teach the next generation about the impact and lessons learned as a result of this time in our nation’s history,” said Dr. Anthony J. Iacono, president of CCM.

Also supporting the efforts to bring the wall to the college are the Morris County Board of County Commissioners.

“All Morris County residents should take advantage of this unique opportunity to see the traveling version of the Vietnam wall. I would especially urge parents to bring their children, and high school and college students to come and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as a big thank you to our Vietnam veterans,” said Deputy Director John Krickus of the Morris County Board of County Commissioners, a Marine Corps veteran.

When John Devitt, a Vietnam veteran, attended the 1982 dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., he felt its power and vowed to share that experience with those who might not have the opportunity to visit it. Devitt, Norris Shears, Gerry Haver and other Vietnam veteran volunteers built The Moving Wall. It has now traveled the country for more than 30 years.

Veteran Wearing Hat with VFW 7333

Emerson Crooks from VFW Post 7333 explains at a press conference held at County College of Morris on March 9 why he initiated bringing the Moving Wall to CCM this July.

This will be the second time The Moving Wall has come to Morris County. The first time was in Jefferson Township in 2004.

The cost to bring the wall to Morris County is estimated at $30,000 and donations are being sought to help to defray that cost. VFW Post 7333 also is looking for volunteers to assist while the wall is at CCM. To volunteer or to make a donation, go to www.vfwpost7333.org/the-moving-wall/. Sponsorship and program advertising opportunities also are available by emailing menzel10@aol.com.

To view photos from the press conference held at CCM announcing the plans to bring the wall to the college, go to https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzFdkM/.