THE MOVING WALL: Get The Details On The Four Ceremonies

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Thursday, July 26 at 11am to Monday, July 30 at noon on the Wilmington Town Common. The wall is open to the public, 24 hours a day, free of charge.

Ceremonies will held at The Moving Wall at 7pm on each of the four nights. The schedule of events is below:

Opening Ceremony: Thursday, July 26, 7pm

  • Welcome: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services
  • Honor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; MIT Police Honor Guard; US Coast Guard Honor Guard
  • Invocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War Veterans
  • National Anthem: Ryan Walsh, Wilmington High School Student
  • Introduction of Guest Speakers: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services
  • Guest Speakers: Jeff Hull, Wilmington Town Manager; Kevin Caira, Chairman of Wilmington Board of Selectmen; Ken Gordon, MA House of Representatives; and Jorge Lopez; and Veterans Liaison to Congressman Seth Moulton
  • Gold Star Families Place Wreaths: John J. Fullerton, Jr.; Robert W. Parent; Richard W. Welch; and John A. Rich
  • Reading of Wilmington Names on the Wall
  • Riffle Team: Wilmington Police Department
  • Taps: Ken Michaud, Butch Alpers
  • Bagpipes: Kevin Fitzgerald
  • Benediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam Veterans

Gold Star Families: Friday, July 27, 7pm

  • Welcome: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services
  • Honor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; US Coast Guard Honor Guard
  • Invocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War Veterans
  • National Anthem: Eric Lamarche, Director of Veterans’ Services, Lowell
  • Guest Speaker: Edmund W. Mulvehill, Director of Veterans’ Services, Norwood
  • Gold Star Families Place Wreaths: John J. Fullerton, Jr.; Robert W. Parent; Richard W. Welch; and John A. Rich
  • Reading of Names on the Wall: Local Veterans’ Service Officers & Families
  • Riffle Team: Wilmington Police Department
  • Taps: Ken Michaud, Butch Alpers
  • Benediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam Veteran

Public Safety Ceremony: Saturday, July 28, 7pm

  • Welcome: Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis
  • Honor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; Police, Fire and Military Honor Guards
  • Invocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War Veterans
  • National Anthem: Katy Downey, MA State Police Trooper
  • Fly Over: Massachusetts State Police Air Wing
  • Introduction of Guest Speakers: Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis
  • Guest Speakers: Lee Scalzilli & William McKenzie
  • Gold Star Families Place Wreaths
  • Reading of Names on the Wall
  • Riffle Team: Wilmington Police Department
  • Taps: Ken Michaud, Butch Alpers
  • Benediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam Veteran

Welcome Home Ceremony: Sunday, July 29, 7pm

  • Welcome: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services
  • Honor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; US Coast Guard Honor Guard; USS Constitution Navy Honor Guard
  • Invocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War Veterans
  • National Anthem: Eric Lamarche, Director of Veterans’ Services, Lowell
  • Guest Speaker: Timothy Sullivan, US Navy, Vietnam Veteran, Silver State Recipient, Ex-POW, National Security Officer, Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services
  • Gold Star Families Place Wreaths
  • Riffle Team: Wilmington Police Department
  • Bagpipes: Scruffy Wallace of the Dropkick Murphys
  • Taps: Ken Michaud, Butch Alpers
  • Benediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam Veteran

Visitors are asked to turn off their cell phones and electronic devices while in the wall area. No food, beverages, smoking or pets (besides service animals) are allowed at or near the wall area.

Volunteers, which will be wearing orange lanyards, will assist visitors with locating names, obtaining name rubbings, and answering questions.

The Veterans Department is dedicating the event to Wilmington’s four fallen soldiers from the Vietnam War — John Joseph Fullerton, Jr.; Robert Warren Parent; Richard William Welch; and John Allan Rich.

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