This is the replica that will come to Weaverville next year.

Marine band in our parade?

The Moving Wall to be in

Weaverville next year

By SALLY MORRIS

It's the Veterans Memorial Hall, and veterans plan to use it during next year's July 4th celebrations although there may be some conflicts when a traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display in Weaverville.

 

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7705 and Marine Corps League will be hosting The Moving Wall in Weaverville from July 2 through July 7 when it will be on display at the Trinity High School football field.

The half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is one of two that travels throughout the country. Normally, there is a three- to five-year waiting list to host the wall, but one of the owners, Norris Shears, lives in Weaverville and has agreed to display it here for free next July.

 

In conjunction with the event, celebrations are being planned that include a 60-piece Marine band from San Diego set to march in the Weaverville 4th of July parade, drill teams, and a possible U.S. Air Force fly-over.

 

The VFW has scheduled the use of the Veterans Memorial Hall, also known as iibfi Civil Defense Hall, during the July celebration— when the building has for several years been the venue for the annual Trinity Players' 4th of July melodrama production.

 

Although the wall will be set up at the high school, VFW Quartermaster Randall Clement said the Veterans Hall will be needed for storage of equipment and musical instruments associated with the visiting bands and drill teams that are expected.

 

Trinity County supervisors last week endorsed the scheduled use next July even though it poses a conflict for the Trinity Players who would have to find another location for the melodrama.

 

However, the board of supervisors rejected a request by the local veterans to allow their exclusive use throughout the year of the conference room located within the Veterans Hall. Instead, the board reaffirmed existing county policy that requires scheduling of the building's use through the county's General Services Department, with preference given to veterans' groups because it was largely veterans' funds the county used to build the facility.

 

The building was constructed with the insurance money paid on the old American Legion Hall in downtown Weaverville after it burned as well as a federal allocation to the community to build a bomb shelter.

 

General Services Director John Whitaker said the county's policy has always been that other parties wanting to use the conference room need to call the VFW to make arrangements, but the scheduling is done by General Services staff.

 

Clement said the calls are not being made to the veterans, and there have been conflicts. "We don't mind sharing the room, but we've found the room in use when we had meetings scheduled, and we have had breakage and damage to some of the memorabilia we store there. The VFW would like to be the gatekeeper."

 

Whitaker acknowledged that some of the items are large and difficult to move even if there were alternative storage space available, which there is not.

 

Supervisor Chris Erikson said it seems the veterans also need to schedule their use of the room through General Services to avoid conflicts.

 

Supervisor Robert Reiss made a motion to approve the veterans' request for exclusive use of the conference room, saying, "It's the veterans' hall, not a community hall." The motion died for lack of a second.

 

Supervisor Berry Stewart said that although he is a veteran himself, he would not support "bumping the community out. That's too much."

 

The motion that was approved by the board gives preference to the veterans for use of the conference room, but allows others to use it when the veterans aren't, and the scheduling of the room is to be handled by the General Services staff

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The TRINITY JOURNAL

146th Year, No.30

Weaverville, Trinity County, Calif., Wednesday, June 24, 2002