COMPANY BASED IN CHICAGO HELPED IN CREATION OF VIETNAM TRAVELING WALL
If you went to the Breese Sesquicentennial this past weekend then maybe you got the opportunity to see the Traveling Vietnam Wall, which is a replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C. honoring soldiers who died during the war. Dean Dubois, Vice-President of Engineering, with American Laser Mark, a company by Chicago helped with the creation of the wall by adding the names to it.
Dubois said he got involved in the project when they were contacted by a veterans group and they had to build a laser system and write custom software in order to accomplish making the wall.
Dubois said that his company has helped create five of the traveling walls so far and said it took about six months to get ready to start on the project and another two months to run and complete the project.
Dubois said that the experience, working on something that honors war heroes, was different from any thing else, he had ever done. The company does a lot of engrave, but nothing that has that sort of emotional or sentimental value. He said that while working on it, pieces of it were sitting on a table and veterans would come and look at it and would cry, that is when you know there is something very special about what you are making.
He said that the only rule to making the wall was to make it look as close as possible to the real wall in Washington D.C. The traveling wall is made out of aluminum sheets with a black powder coat on it.
The wall was met in Effingham on June 1 and received a motorcycle and police escort into Breese, around 200 motorcycles were in the escort.