A September to Remember
They came to honor. They came to pay their respects. They came by the thousands.
For four days the Furniture Row in Dacono, Colorado played host to the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall. Measuring 360 feet long and 8 feet tall at its apex, the Traveling Tribute Wall is an 80% replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Like the original, it is engraved with the names of the 58,307 killed or missing in action between 1957 and 1975.
Co-organizers Barb and Greg Goettsch first envisioned bringing the Wall to the Carbon Valley as a way to observe the 15th anniversary of 9/11. It would take the tireless efforts of many in the community to make this vision a reality. Nearly two years ago, a Remembrance Committee was formed to plan, oversee, and champion the project. Serving on the committee were representatives of the VFW, Rotary Clubs, American Legion, Girl Scouts, local government, and community-at-large. Furniture Row was also represented.
Sofa Mart manager Stephanie Hudson and Oak Express manager Toby Tinsley joined the Remembrance Committee early on. Their involvement proved instrumental, leading to the selection of the land adjacent to the Dacono Furniture Row as the venue for this significant public event. Recalls Greg Goettsch, “I came out and spoke with Stephanie and she said, ‘Let me see.’ In about three days she came back and told me, ‘The word is whatever it takes we need to have this done.’ There is no way we could have done this without Furniture Row.”
“It’s about the bigger picture and showing the community the heart of Furniture Row,” Stephanie explains. “As a company, we want to be a part of more than just selling furniture… we want to do great things, serve others, and make a difference.”