The Johnstown Lions Club is helping to bring a piece of history to the village's bicentennial celebration. The club will donate $500 to the American Veterans Traveling Tribute's Traveling Wall, which will be on display at the Johnstown Community Sportsmans Club July 11-14 as part of Johnstown's yearlong bicentennial celebration.
"We thought it would be a good thing to do for the community," Johnstown Lions Club president Steve Voigt said. "The Lions Club is a service organization, and this is definitely a good service."
Also, many of the club's members are veterans.
The wall is coming regardless, but the sportsmans club appreciates the financial help, club trustee William Earlewine said.
"We're looking forward to having it. It's going to be a big thing," Earlewine said.
He wasn't willing to divulge exactly how expensive it is to bring the mobile wall to Johnstown, saying only that "it is expensive."
Earlewine said donations would help with not only funding the wall's visit but also all of the events the sportsmans club has to accompany the visit, including a concert from the 4-H band and presentations from local veteran and author Don Jakeway and Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb, among others.
According to avtt.org, the wall is "the largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and is the center piece of our Cost of Freedom Tribute."
The wall is scaled to 80 percent but contains all of the names. The 360-foot-long wall is about 8 feet tall, and a flag display is flown over it.
Go to avtt.org to see a video of the traveling wall.
Those wanting to donate should call the sportsmans club at 740-344-7210.
Johnstown Lions Club secretary Bill Goodman said his club could use some help, as well, in the form of volunteerism.
"Our major moneymaker activities that Johnstown is familiar with are the fish-fry booth that the Johnstown Lions Club has at the Fireman's Festival and the White Cane donations, where you see members donating their time at the intersections every so often," he said. "However, workers are needed to keep these activities going because without volunteers, such traditions as the fish-fry booth may become a thing of the past."
Goodman said those wanting to join the Lions Club should call 740-967-8968.