Veterans Needed To Stand Guard For Traveling Vietnam Wall

Carbondale, Ill. – Vietnam War combat veterans are being sought to stand guard over a traveling memorial that will visit Carbondale next month.

The 80-percent scale model of the Vietnam Memorial wall in Washington, D.C., will be on display Sept. 11 to 14 on the practice football field south of Saluki Stadium.

Mark Cosgrove is a Senior Vice Commandant and Vietnam Wall Committee chairman. He says he’d like three soldiers to stand guard in each hour-long shift.

Cosgrove says the guards would provide security, but also stand as a symbol of support for Vietnam veterans — particularly those still recovering from wounds received in the war.

The $50,000 fundraising goal for the program has passed the halfway point.