This year will be a third time for a Moving Wall in six years, a memorial and remembrance in the Aurora area.
The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club, led by the organization’s president, Herschel Luckinbill, will bring the The Wall of Honor to the Fox Valley area which will include the service men and women killed in action in Desert Storm and Desert Shield and the continuing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Wall of Honor will be in the Aurora area May 22 to June 4, likely at two locations for five days each.
The sites are expected to be named in the near future.
The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club sponsored the Vietnam Moving Wall at West Aurora High School November 7-11, 2013. The Vietnam Moving Wall was at Prairie Point in Oswego, June 29-July 3, 2017.
The U.S. military involvement in Desert Shield and Desert Storm were in Iraq in 1990-1991. The U.S. military situation in Afghanistan started in 2001. The Wall of Honor was started in 2001, then in February 2017 it included the service men and women killed in the action in the early 1990s in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
There are 32 panels with 104 names on each side of the panels.
The Wall will be at sites in the Aurora area over Memorial Day weekend later this year. The Gold Star families who suffered through deaths of their family members will be given places of honor.
“We will find a place suitable for display,” Luckinbill said earlier this week. “We want the locations to be large enough to properly give enough room to the Wall and those who will attend the event.”
The Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club is a not-for-profit organization that supports veterans in many ways. It meets for breakfast every other Thursday at 7 a.m. at the VFW Post 7452 in Montgomery. The next breakfast is Thursday, Jan. 10.
Other events sponsored by the Club have included visits to the Mideast Conflict Wall in Marseilles, U.S. Naval Great Lakes Boot Camp graduation, the Veterans Museum in Munster, Ind., and the Pritzker Library in Chicago.