LONG POND — The “Wall of Remembrance,” a touring commemorative to those killed in the “Global War on Terror,” was damaged Thursday in heavy rains and high winds at the Pocono Raceway, where the wall is scheduled for a two-day exhibition Saturday and Sunday.
“We had a contingent go down to help assemble the wall,” said Tom Ryan, executive director of Vetstock in Pike County, a veteran’s organization that arranged for the wall to stop in Milford next weekend. The group left after helping set up the wall, and “I got a call around 4 p.m.”
High winds had pushed the traveling exhibit over, breaking five of the 31 PVC plastic panels and bending a top-piece that helped hold the 102 feet of panels together.
Each panel is three feet by six feet, Ryan said. One side of the wall bears the names of about 11,000 victims of terrorist attacks and American military who died over the years, beginning with the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, through the Boston Marathon bombing last year. Photos and other artwork adorn the other side of the wall.
The broken panels are being patched back together and the wall will be on display at the Pocono Raceway Fan Fair Area outside raceway gates, Ryan said. Efforts are underway to have the New York company that printed the panels make replacements, but “that will cost $3,000 or $4,000 dollars, he said.
The organization has started an online drive to raise the money for repairs. People may contribute at vetstockusa.com, Ryan added.
The wall has it’s own Facebook page, which can be found by searching Facebook for “wall of remembrance.” Photos on that site show the wall panels knocked to the ground by the storm at the raceway.