Committee Updates & Reports
The effort to bring The Wall That Heals to our community has involved the efforts of over 200 people. The Committee extends its heartfelt thanks to all who contributed in ways large and small. A special thank you to all who participated in our formal ceremonies. Please let us know if we neglected to include anyone who should have been listed.
The total cost to host the Wall was approximately $20,000. Due to the generosity of the Greater Lynn Community, the committee raised all of the total needed. We have completed our fundraising efforts and direct that anyone wishing to contribute to the Wall That Heals do so directly with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund through the link below.
For more information contact Fundraising Chairman David J. Solimine, Jr. at 781-595-1492 or
The Wall That Heals traveled to Massachusetts from Rochester, New York on Tuesday August 25. A Massachusetts State Police Escort met the Wall at the New York border and escorted it to Lynn. The Patriot Guard Riders as well as Rolling Thunder and others joined in escorting the Wall from Sturbridge to Fraser Field in Lynn. The motorcade left Sturbridge at 1:00 p.m. and followed Rt. 90 (Mass Pike) to Rt. 95/128 north. It exited Rt. 95/128 at exit 44B for Rt. 129 east and arrived at the Lynn Line at 2:15 p.m. The motorcade route in Lynn was lined by hunderds of people proudly waving the American Flag. The Lynn Police provided escorts and the Lynn Fire Department hoisted an oversize American flag over Broadway, suspended from two ladder trucks.
The escort was organized by Escort Chairman Steve Luz at
During the Wall’s visit to Lynn, there were countless tasks, both large and small, that needed attending to. A number of individuals contributed their time and talents to our efforts.
- Set up and break down of Wall exhibit
- At the Wall: Volunteers are needed to direct foot traffic and assist visitors in finding names on the Wall
- Computer Names Locator: Volunteers are needed to look up names for their location on the Wall.
- Information Tent: Volunteers help with general information distribution.
- General Maintenance of the Wall and museum
- Trash collection and general clean up
- Log and bag items left at the Wall
- Count visitors throughout the day
- Collect and count donations
- Work with student and youth groups
- Escort disabled and elderly
- Assist with cooling tent
- Assist with volunteer hospitality tent
- Assist with general publicity
Volunteer Chairman Adele Hultgren at . would like to extend thanks to the following individuals for their dedicated assistance:
John Anderson, Cathy Anderson, Kevin Anderson, Janet M. Atkinson, Jordan Avery, Michael Barry, Samantha Bartholomew, John M. Bingham, Pierangely Bonilla, Bob Brady, Virginia Breedy, Scott Brown, Michael Burgess, Linda Cafferty, James Cahill, Jane Cahill, Dick Callahan, Nicole Carlson, Lorraine Clay, Tara Cleary, Scott Conrad, Ashely Constantine, Barbara Copp, Peter Corbett, Bob Costello, Larry Cripps, Jessica Cripps, Mary Cronin-Lopresti, Bruce Crowell, Alice Crowley, Linda Cunha, Jack Cunha, Cheryl D’Amico, Alan Day, Lucy Dearborn, David DeFilippo, Cheryl Demille, Louis A. Diaz, Karen Diaz, Alma Dizdarevic, Butch Dobson, Alicia Donahue, Georgia Douglas, Kim Douglas, Corrie Dupuis, Daniel J. Evans, George Fitzhenry, Kevin Fortis, Warren L Fratus, John J. Frongillo, Harriett Fromer, Cara Garrity, Donald Gaudet, Nichole Gosselin, Bradley E. Gosselin Jr., Nate Gouveia, Doug Grant, Bill Gray, Frank Grealish, Andrew Gustin, Walter Gutherie, Justin Hagostrom, Jim Harris, Lydia Hart, Tony Harvey, Jessica Hernandez, Darlene Howell, Maureen Hudson, Sarge Hultgren, James Hultgren, Carina Hultgren, Eugene Jaime, Rachel Johnson, Nikisha Jose, Bob Karasinski, Barbara Karasinski, John Kasian, Murray Kaszanek, John Keene, Linda Keeeney, Andrew Kenney, Bob Kimba, Robin Kimber, Savannah Kimber, John J. Klecker, Edward Lane, Donna Lavoie, Rusell L. LeBaron Jr., Frank R. LeBlanc, Mary Leclair, Dave Legere, Stephen Luz, Harry Maillett, Thomas J. Mailloux, Ken Mailloux, John Marcin, Stacey Marcus, Tina Marenghi, Corrie Marenghi, John Marenghi, Darion Marenghi, William Marenghi, Jim Marriott, Mark Melcher, George T. Miller, Jonathan Mills, John Murphy, Nina Norris, Nancy Nugent, David Nunes, Carol O’Brien, Sally O’Donnell, Daniel J. O’Neill, Phil Ouellette, Nicole Ouellette, Ray Parker, Donald Pearce, Harry Perkins, Mary Peterson, Terri Petersen, Ron Peterson, Christine Pierce, Yariely Portorreal, Gerry Pothier, Rick Pramas, Linda Quigley, Karin Ramirez, Rita Rebidue, John Reid, Rose Richard, George Rivers, John Roberson, Marty Robichaud, Rita Robidoux, Megan Rooney, Carrisa Sacherski, Arthur Salkins, Russ Sheriff, Scott Silvestre, Erick Smith, Patty Solimine, Joel Solimine, David Solimine Jr., David Solimine Sr., Brett Spring, Jeremy Suffreti, Alex Suffreti, Mike Sweeney, Basil Timmons, Peter Truong, Peter R. Tuttle, Mary Vaillancourt, Jesse Vaughan, Grace Washburn, Sandra Weazell, Marie C. Whiddon, Stanley Whitehurst, Grace Wigfall, Wayne Wilkins, Donald J. Williams, Stanley Wojcikowski, Gracie Wright and Adam Yim. Please let me know if I missed anyone.
The Wall arrived at Fraser Field late afternoon on Tuesday, August 25 and departed Monday morning August 31. During that time volunteers, with support of the Lynn Police Department, kept vigilant watch over the Wall 24 hours a day.Security Chairman Arthur Salkins at 781-581-5089 coordinated these efforts.
Ceremonies-Gold Star Families
For Ceremony and Gold Star Family information: Please see Schedule of Ceremonies page.
October: Veterans Memorials Trip, Washington, D.C.
We will be hosting a 4 day/3 night trip to Washington, D.C. leaving Lynn October 1. We will visit Arlington National Cemetery, Veterans Memorials and the National Mall, Mount Vernon, The Smithsonian Institute and other sites. All are welcome, but space is limited.
For complete details click here
A Special Thanks...
The Committee extends it’s thanks to the following individuals, companies and organizations for commitment.
Philip Rosenfield and The North Shore Navigators for hosting The Wall and the use of their Fraser Field facilities.
Dennis Cataldo and Robert White of Atlantic Ambulance for on site EMT’s and medical assistance
Michael Foster of Gannon Golf Course for Shuttle Cart
Major Daniel Grabowski, Massachusetts State Police Commander, Danvers Barracks
City of Lynn officials: John Kasian, Lynn Office of Community Development--James Barr and John Mills, Lynn DPW--Lloyd E. "Butch" Barnes, Richard Connick, Bill Foglietta & Jim Kane from Inspectional Services
Hawthorne Hotel of Salem-Discounted accommodations for traveling Site Managers
Paul Esdra, Jack Sullivan and Tim Lawrence of EZ Landscaping-Landscape services and materials
Northeast Nursery-Plants and Shrubbery for temporary landscape
Velocity Print Solution for printed materials
Peter Mikedis of Sidekim Foods for managing food service for volunteers and Christine Pierce of Columbia Insurance for food donation management along with the following individuals and businesses who generously donated food: Maria Mello of Dunkin Donuts, Fitzroy Alexander of Traditional Breads, Nick D'Alleva of Edible Arrangements, Ernie Nikolakopulos of John's Roast Beef, Jim Rataj of Kelly's Roast Beef, Jim Fauci of Fauci's Pizza, Nick Hatzis of Nickey's Pizza, Peter Poulopoulos of Townhouse Pizza, Maria Koumoundouros, Bob Stilian of Old Tyme Italian Cuisine, Peter Mikedis of Sidekim Foods, as well as Shaws and Stop and Shop.
Dennis Breed of Power Products for providing backup electric generation
Peter Gamage, Phil Ouellette, Tara Cleary, Henry Collins and the Editorial Staff of the Daily Item and Itemlive.com for program publishing, and print and on-line promotion
JoAnn Gillette and 104.9 North Shore Radio for on air promotion
Dan Lyons of the Boston Red Sox for inviting Vietnam Veterans Of America Chapter 908, Lynn Police Department and Lynn English High School Marine JROTC Color Guards to present colors at Fenway Park the week of the Wall's visit
Sergeant Major Kenneth Oswald and the Lynn English High School JROTC Cadets for numerous tasks including setup/breakdown, color guard coordination, and recruitment of active military participation
Johanna Conway of The New Essex Office for Office Products for lanyards and name tags for volunteers
Michael Barry,Joel Feld, Russ Kenn and NESN for on air interviews and promotion at Fenway Park
Local Florists for providing Memorial Wreaths for all wall ceremonies: Salvy The Florist of Lynn and Swampscott, Flowers by Darlene/North Shore Fruit Basket of Salem, Tony The Florist of Lynn, Ward's Florist of Beverly and Peabody, Flowers and More of Peabody, Barter Brothers Florists of Beverly, Welch Florist of Lynn, Flowers By Lorraine of Lynn, Gould's Florists of Lynnfield, Evans Florist of Peabody, Dave Eng Florist of Salem, Petals Florist of Peabody, Chapmans Florist of Beverly, Beautiful Things of Salem and George's Flower Shop of Lynn.
Ken Kinna, Cassie Vitali, Pedro Diaz, Jr., Dave Riley, Jr. and the entire staff at Lynn Cam for taping and broadcasting the Ceremonies as well as all of the Wall Visit activities.
Lynn Classical High School teacher Frank Grealish, along with Retired teacher Phil Terenzoni and students Cristian Lopez and Cara Garrity for taping and broadcasting the Ceremonies as well as all of the Wall Visit activities.
Ana Nuncio of Pedestal Publishing for the contribution of several cases of the book, "When My Dad Comes Home" ("Cuando regrese mi papa" in Spanish) for distribution to military familes to aid you children in understanding their parents military service.
John Murphy for extensive research work on Lynn Casualties
Stacey Marcus of Grapevine Communications for media assistance
Doug Grant for parking lot shuttle service
John Collins of Bugles Across America
Bob Brady for the use of an air conditioned motor home at Fraser Field
Captain Lenny Desmarais and Detective Larry Wentzell of the Lynn Police for escort and general assistance
George Fitzhenry and the Lynn Veterans Council along with all the members and officers of the Vietnam Veterans of America Lynn Chapter 908.
Mary Cronin-Lopresti and Joann Murphy of Lynn Veterans' Services
Site managers Richard Lyons and Debbie Frederick for bringing the Wall to communities all over the country, including their visit to Lynn
and our corporate sponsors: Lucy Dearborn of Lucia Lighting & Design, The DeFilippo Family of Woodlawn Memorials and the Solimine Family of Solimine Funeral Homes
The Committee also extends it's gratitude to the following for their generous monetary contributions:
Mayor Edward "Chip" Clancy
League of Essex County Sportsmen's Club
Lynn Fish and Game
Anthony A. Centola, Petruccelli Corporation
Anthony P. Centola, LowestCruisePrices.com
Richard J. Ford
Rick Starbard and James LeBlanc, Rick's Auto Collision
In Thanksgiving for the lives of Ralph P. Vertuccio, Sr. 1917-1999, Pauline P. Vertuccio 1915-2002, and James Franklin Smith 1929-2003 from Ralph P. Vertuccio, Jr. of Vertuccio Funeral Home, Revere
Pauline Spirito of Infinity Boutique
Maria F. Pennucci
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