Let Us Remember needs volunteers
“The wall’s arriving; we’ve got to actually erect the wall,” Cornelison said. “So, we need a group of 30 strong backs to help unload the wall from the trucks and put it all together.”
Those who want to help unload the 380-foot-long American Veterans Traveling Tribute wall may call Cornelison at the church office at 257-5195 or on his cell phone at 310-0219.
“But everybody’s welcome just to show up on that Thursday, if they want to help out and work,” Cornelison said. “We’re going to start probably around 10 in the morning and it will go all afternoon and all evening.”
It will be hard to miss the wall’s arrival in Susanville on Thursday, July 5 at about noon, he said.
The traveling wall will “be escorted down Main Street by fire trucks and police cars,” he said. “The wall’s going to come right down Main Street and stop in front of the Memorial Building where we’re going to have just a little welcome, a thank you for coming, type thing.”
Volunteers will start working at the park at 10 a.m. Cornelison said, putting up tents and preparing the military vehicle display area. The Susanville National Guard Unit will be activated for the entire week and will help.
The committee also needs people to volunteer to provide security 24-hours a day from 10 p.m. on Friday, July 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 8 and to direct traffic and serve as parking attendants.
“We’re going to need 30-50 people over the course of the weekend to help just in parking,” he said. “So people that can help in that way will be greatly appreciated.”
He added 4-H, Boy Scouts and Job’s daughters have already volunteered to help police the area of the park.
“We also are looking for people and businesses to help sponsor the wall,” he said. “We’re a little behind on our giving, what we’re trying to raise to bring this event. You know, this is one of the largest events that Susanville has ever seen and it’s to support all of our veterans.”
The Susanville Remembrance Committee needs $35,000 to pay all the costs of the Let Us Remember event. Businesses, individuals and organizations that give $1,000 or more will receive special recognition.
“If people give a certain amount, they get a plaque to hang up in their business,” he said. “And then for those givers that give $1,000 or more, for businesses or individuals, we’re going to fly a flag over the wall itself, put it in a case and then give it to them as a memento for their help in sponsoring the wall.”
Individuals, businesses and the Susanville Indian Rancheria have already donated money and the SIR Casino will be the main parking area. Cornelison was scheduled to present a request yesterday, Monday, May 15, to the Lassen County Transportation Commission to have Lassen Rural Bus provide free shuttle service from the casino parking lot to the park.
Cornelison invited anyone who is interest to attend the next three SRC meetings at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 21, 7 p.m. on Monday, June 11 at the church offices at 710 Ash Street and 11 a.m. on Monday, June 18 at Susanville Ranch Park.
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