“They prefer it to be on display 24 hours a day because some visitors like to see it in a more private setting,” Horn said.
Added Haase, “Everybody should see it in their own time and place, but it takes some of us time to work our way up to it.”
Bob and Brenda Dobek are the site managers of the traveling wall. The husband-and-wife team has driven the wall more than a million miles in nine years. In April 2009 they were given a safe driving award for one million accident and ticket free miles.
Bob is an Army veteran from Michigan. Brenda is from Ohio. They married in 1987 and ran their own trucking company before taking on the job of transporting and maintaining the traveling wall.
“While I never served in the Vietnam War, I understand the sacrifice our soldiers gave and the respect they deserve for that sacrifice,” Bob said in a media release.
While the Dobeks will be on hand to supervise the wall this weekend, volunteers are still needed to take several shifts as “Keepers of the Wall.”
Whitney Selover is the local contact for volunteers and can be reached at 547-0369 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is an organizational meeting today at 5:30 p.m. at the Doubleday Field Parking Lot for anyone interested in volunteering.
There will also be a parade on Main Street at noon on Saturday. The 10th Mountain Division Color Guard and Band from Fort Drum will march and perform in the parade and before the Classic. The baseball begins at 1 p.m. with the hitting contest. The game will begin at 2 p.m.
“Much like in my career, baseball and the military are connected in America history,” Haase said. “It goes all the way back to the Civil War, when soldiers played baseball to pass the time in between battles.”