Sgt Grit and Staff were recently honored with a visit by Marine Veteran Derek Hendershot. Derek is on the Board of Directors for the Vision 2 Victory program. This program is led and operated by military veterans. Following the completion of the Wall of Remembrance by Marine Veteran David Brown, which bares the names of all servicemen and women that have been KIA since the beginning of the Global War on Terrorism, Derek was tasked with touring the 2nd generation Wall all over the country.
Now that the touring of the Wall of Remembrance is drawing to a close, this team of motivated Veterans have begun fundraising to upgrade the current Wall before next year's tour kicks off. The upgrades will include replicas of the Twin Towers with iPads to allow visitors to easily access the names on the wall, to include adding LED lighting to create two towers of light at night. More images will be added to the entrance to include a wind screen mural of combat scenes, five battlefield crosses that are specific to each branch with their corresponding branch flags, as well as the POW/MIA and U.S. Flag. The names of the fallen from 1983 to present day will be added to the Wall. Yes, that means that the names of the fallen from Beirut, Desert Storm/Shield, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq will all travel across the country. To top it all off, they will add a Close Encounters booth. The booth will display internet size video clips of the fallen submitted by their families and friends.
We are so glad that Derek chose to stop by en route back to Sacramento, CA, where the 2nd generation Wall of Remembrance will be retired between 10-12 November, 2014. You can visit the Vision 2 Victory website at www.vision2victory.com, to find out about upcoming events and how you can contribute towards the 3rd generation Wall of Remembrance.