WOODRING WALL OF HONOR and VETERANS PARK

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Dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Wall

Thank you to the thousands of people who attended the Vietnam Memorial Wall dedication in Enid Monday. None of the three board officers are veterans but have a burning passion to honor those who are because of the service of their family members who were and are patriots. The remainder of our board is comprised of US Army Air Corps, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq/Afghanistan.

We were honored to be instrumental in providing the vision and selecting the right group of people to bring this project from a dream to a reality.

We still have a shade shelter to build, along with other enhancements to the Vietnam Memorial Wall. It's not too late to help with the remainder of this project. Your donations can be sent to Woodring Wall of Honor, PO Box 248, Enid, OK 73702

Dedication Plaque Presentation, click for large image
Dedication Plaque Presentation
Photo taken by Beth Shearon

2013 Veterans Day Celebration video by Enid Public Television

Dedication crowd, click for large image

November 11, 2013

The Vietnam Memorial Wall Dedication Ceremony was held on November 11, 2013. This Traveling 80 percent scale replica Wall had been visiting hundreds of communities across the country with the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Mission, including visits to the Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park. It was officially retired from travel on this day by Don Allen, and welcomed into our extended Northwest Oklahoma community by quite a crowd.

The dedication ceremony included Rolling Taps featuring Grammy-nominated trumpeter, David Hooten, a 21-gun salute by the Silver Talon Honor Guard from Vance Air Force Base, special music from a youth honor choir, keynote speaker Col. Lee Ellis, and was emceed by News 4 Reporter, Ashton Edwards.

Other speakers included Fundraising Committee Co-Chairmen Dan Ohnesorge and Bob Farrell, Woodring Wall of Honor Board President David Henneke, Enid Mayor Bill Shewey, and Senator Patrick Anderson.

Immediately following the dedication ceremony, attendees were able to search the wall for specific names, assisted by the Blue Star Mothers Chapter of Enid, Oklahoma. Big thanks to our Blue Star Mothers and all the other volunteers who helped make this dedication ceremony an event to remember.

The Wall
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Keynote Speaker

Lee Ellis POW bracelet

The keynote speaker was Col. Leon "Lee" Ellis, Vietnam Veteran and former Hanoi Hilton POW.

Col. Ellis is the author of the award-winning book, Leading with Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton, in which he shares his POW experience and the 14 leadership principles that helped him and his compatriots resist, survive, and return with honor.

Lee Ellis coming home from Vietnam

The main page can be found at this link: Vietnam Memorial Wall

The Wishing Well

A song written for the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Wall by Joyce Terry ©2013

Chorus
I hear Johnny's voice at the wishing well.
I hear Johnny's voice and the tears run still.
I hear Johnny's voice at the wishing well.

1
Back from Vietnam, it was living hell.
To forget is what Johnny wished at the wishing well.
Men were lame, widows wept, mamas cried.
Men and women had died.
I hear Johnny's voice at the wishing well,
He wished that every war would end and
Every man could be a friend.

2
I hear Johnny's voice when we were five,
Smiling face and shining eyes.
We wished high and we wished far,
We threw in a penny and we wished on a star

3
I hear Johnny's voice in every midnight long,
Haunted awake I hear our song.
I hear Johnny's voice at the wishing well.

4
He had his fast running cars,
And his house on the hill.
I hear Johnny's voice and the tears run still.
Johnny died last night, help me wish him well.
Pray Johnny gets what he wished at the wishing well.

5
Light a candle and ring a bell and
Pray Johnny gets what he wished at the wishing well.
Light a candle and ring a bell and
Pray Johnny gets what he wished at the wishing well,
that every war would end and
Everyone could be a friend.

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