The Wall That Heals visits Leo, Indiana
LOCATION: LEO IN DATE: September 9-12, 2010
Our escort into Leo IN began at the Petro Travel Plaza in Fremont IN, where approximately 225 motorcycles, with two Indiana HP motorcyles, Leo Police Department and a county sheriff followed the procession. The cycles belonging to District 4 American Legion Riders, American Legion Post 409 Legion Riders, Patriot Guard and others made up the escort.
The Leo High School senior football players assisted in the setup of TWTH on Wednesday morning in near record time with the direction of assistant football coach Mike Lance. After the Wall was assembled, the guys walked along looking at the names in amazement as to how many there were.
On Wednesday evening the opening ceremony took place with approximately 250 people in attendance. The football team arrived in their jerseys for support of Mr. Mike Lance, the 7th grade Social Studies teacher and assistant football coach. Mike was instrumental in bringing TWTH to the Leo IN community. In 2007 Mike’s father, Frederick Joseph Lance was put in the In Memory Honor Roll. In August 2001, Frederick Lance was diagnosed with a form of cancer related to exposure to Agent Orange. On December 19, 2001, Frederick Lance died.
The Agent Orange Quilt of Tears was displayed in the Leo High School, on Thursday the High School students (1200) had classes outside at TWTH, while the Junior High School went inside the high school to see the Quilt of Tears. Mr. Mike Lance took the students inside the information tent and explained to each class about the death of his father and what it meant to him and his family to have him remembered in the In Memory Honor Roll.
During the course of the weekend, numerous students returned to visit TWTH with their
parents and/or grandparents explaining to them all about the Wall, how the names were inscribed and all that they had learned, both by the visit and from the research they had done on the internet to learn all that they could about the Vietnam War.
On Monday morning the junior football players assisted in disassembling the Wall and putting it back in the trailer with the guidance of Mr. Lance. It was sad to say good bye, yet we all took pride in knowing that we had left a lasting impression on the students with the knowledge they had obtained during the visit.