An event like The Moving Wall exhibit would not be possible without the commitment of an extensive team of volunteers. For many months we’ve had a team of patriots who have dedicated many hours to planning for a successful event.
Here are just some of the many people who’ve helped along the way:
Phil Audette served in the Air Force at Bien Hoa Air Base “Rocket Alley” during the Vietnam War. He is a Past Commander of the Gilbert-Perry VFW Post 115 and the American Legion Post 20. Presently, he serves as the Veterans Graves Officer for the City of Attleboro. He’s dedicated his time to The Moving Wall because he knew all 8 of the veterans from Attleboro whose names appear on the memorial.
Paul Jacques is Iraq War Veteran and career Firefighter for the City of Attleboro. Also serving as President for Attleboro Firefighters Local 848 and Legislative Agent for the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts (PFFM). The honor of giving back to all Veterans through the work done on the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall Committee allows for the proper respect deserved to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country and freedom.
Marty Clapp served as a member of the 31st Combat Air Support Division in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968. He was a member of the fundraising committee for the Attleboro Honor Roll on the Veteran’s Memorial Common. He wants to bring The Moving Wall to Attleboro because he grew up with three of the veterans whose names appear on the memorial.
Jerry Lynch is a veteran of the U.S. Army who was stationed in Charang Valley, Vietnam from ’69 – ’70. He earned the rank of Sergeant First Class before retiring from the Massachusetts Army National Guard after 32 years of honorable service. He volunteers and supports the effort to bring The Moving Wall to Attleboro as part of a broader commitment to veterans, and more than anything he wants Vietnam Veterans to feel like they’re “Welcome Home.”
Joe Murphy is a life-long Attleboro resident. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969 and trained as a medic. He served 13 1/2 months in Thailand where his mission was to directly support the Vietnam War effort. He is involved in the effort to bring The Moving Wall because this tribute is important not only to the families of our lost veterans, but also to ALL of the veterans who served in and survived this war. We must bring this message to the American public. VIETNAM WAR VETERANS MUST NOT BE FORGOTTEN!!!!
Briana Auclair is a veteran of the U.S. Army and life-long Attleboro resident. As the daughter and niece of Vietnam veterans, she grew up surrounded by veterans and their families and knows how important it is to honor those who have served. Her goal is to give veterans and their families a warm and safe environment to experience their loss and love for their fallen hero; as well as to educate visitors about the war, the men and women that served, and the legacy they leave behind.
Scott Domenici is an Attleboro resident and current member of the Attleboro School Committee. Scott is serving on the committee in memory of his Dad, Albert J. Domenici Jr, who served in the U. S. Coast Guard during the Vietnam War, and to honor those veterans who served during the Vietnam War, many of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Ken Badertscher is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently serves as the Director of Veterans’ Services for the City of Attleboro. Ken’s connection to The Moving Wall is the late Jim Bound, who spearheaded the effort to bring the Wall to North Attleboro in 1999. The Moving Wall was so important to Jim on a personal level because it impacted the lives of so many people in our community. Ken wanted to help bring it back to remind our Vietnam Veterans and their family members that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.