News @ Noon: Traveling Vietnam Wall To Make Stop At Benton County Fair
SAUK RAPIDS -- A half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Washington, D.C. will be making a stop at the Benton County Fair next month.
The traveling exhibit known as "The Wall That Heals," will be on display August 6th through the 9th on the fair grounds.
Vietnam Veteran Ken Schulte says the fair board and several veterans have been working for about three years to bring the wall to the area.
"An idea was brought from a few of the board members and veterans in the area about doing this a few years ago, and they all have worked hard to get it this far and now it's a month away and it will be here," says Schulte.
Since its dedication is 1996, the wall has visited more than 350 cities across the United States. Schulte says bringing the wall to St. Cloud is a way to bring home those who didn't make it.
"In 1968 as part of what was known as the St. Cloud Platoon there was 55 of us that went in on the same day, and there is a number of them that didn't come back. Now we are actually bringing them home to be welcomed back," says Schulte.
Schulte says to bring the 250 foot long wall is expensive, so to help with costs they are holding a Golf Scramble fundraiser on July 28th.
"It's a four person scramble and we are looking at trying to raise over $10,000 to help with the cost of the wall and to perpetuate our Armed Forces Day that we have at the fair every year," says Schulte.
The golf scramble will be held at Wapicada Golf Course, costs $75.00 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, dinner and prizes.
The wall is expect to be on display near the Lions Bingo Stand and Schulte hopes every veteran in the St. Cloud area gets a chance to see the wall.
If you would like more information or to learn how you can donate to the wall you can contact Schulte at (320)-761-4460.