Taking time to read

By Rachel Sciabarrasi, November 5, 2007 – 1:31pm.

The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund has announced that the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial will be commemorated by a reading of every name on the Wall. It will take 2,000 volunteers 65 hours total to read the 58,000+ names over a four day period beginning Wednesday. Incidentally, 65 hours is the same amount of time the House of Representatives had to read all 13 omnibus appropriations bills hastily passed between 1982 and 2004. It would be impossible for all 12,000+ pages to really be read in that amount of time. The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Fund understands that undertaking such a task requires thoughtful planning. Congress could learn a lesson from this event.

Reading of the Names Ceremony

For Immediate Release
November 2, 2007

Washington, D.C. – The Reading of the Names, the four-day event during which the over 58,000 names inscribed on The Wall are read, will take place on Nov. 7-10 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as part of the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of The Wall, announced Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Memorial Fund. …

The Reading of the Names will take place for 65 hours over a four-day period, during which nearly 2,000 volunteers will read the over 58,000 names inscribed on The Wall in the order they were taken from us.