Borough Council and the Downtown Hawley Partnership honored the Tour of Honor Committee for their hard work and dedication in program the American Veterans Traveling Tribute to Bingham Park last month.


Borough Council and the Downtown Hawley Partnership honored the Tour of Honor Committee for their hard work and dedication in program the American Veterans Traveling Tribute to Bingham Park last month.

The members of the Tour of Honor Committee, Debbie Gillett, Kim Erickson, Margaret Allen and Tami Hardler were presented plaques by DHP and the Council at the regular Borough meeting June 11. Elaine Herzog from DHP noted how successful the Tour of Honor event was. She then presented a plaque with a Resolution of Appreciation from the DHP to the Tour of Honor.

Council then presented the group with plaques for the Tour of Honor’s “tireless efforts” in organizing and running the event.

The Tour of Honor Committee also thanked the Borough for its support on the five day event which brought an 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to the park. Gillette especially thanks Fire Chief Gene Krause and the Hawley Fire Department and Ambulance volunteers for all the hours they put into the event and Council Member and Emergency Management Coordinator Kevin Hawk.

Hawk added his thanks to the volunteers from the fire department and ambulance corps and others who help made the Traveling Tribute run smoothly.

Gillette said the visit here in Hawley set records for the Traveling Tribute, based on AVTT’s estimates of visitors, which they said was between 50,000 and 60,000 people. She said AVTT’s estimate was based on a tally from a stadium with turnstiles which counted the number of visitors and comparing visually the number of visitors AVTT saw at the Wall in both Hawley and the stadium. She noted they said the number of visitors was 30 deep at times.

Others, however, put estimated the number of people to be much less — more in the 15,000 to 20,000 figures. Krause said he was there many hours through out the four days the memorial was open and estimated about 20,000 people visited during the week. He noted a small handful of visitors were at the Wall early in the morning and late at night.

Hawk agreed, telling The News Eagle he thought  between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors came to see the Wall.

Overall, the biggest day for visitors was Saturday, May 30, according to both Hawk and Krause, when the ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans was held.

Still both agreed it was a big crowd for an event in Hawley.

Meanwhile, several residents offered their complaints and concerns about the “circus atmosphere” in town during the Wall’s visit. Most said it was inappropriate for solemn nature of the memorial’s visit.