Celebrating Talbot County Vietnam Veterans with “The Wall That Heals”


The motto of my home state of Tennessee is “The Volunteer State”. My only brother volunteered for his country and joined the Air Force. He soon was sent to Vietnam until he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. My family was very lucky – Tom came home but many of the Eastern Shore’s and Talbot County’s families were not lucky. Seventy-eight names on the D.C. Vietnam Memorial Wall honor men from the Eastern Shore and eleven of those seventy-eight were from Talbot County. Eleven men who were sons, husbands, fathers and uncles who did not return, and the impact on their families and our small county was immeasurable.

I collaborated on a project with Maya Lin, the designer of the Wall, and I think her simple design had great power that resonates today. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s traveling exhibit with a three-fifths scale replica of the D.C. Memorial will arrive in Easton on May 31st. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony for Talbot County families of Veterans on June 1st at 6:00 pm and the Opening Ceremony will commence at 7:00 pm.

The Vietnam Traveling Wall of Easton, MD was formed to recognize the sacrifice of the all the men on the Wall and particularly those from the Eastern Shore. One of the numerous sub committees, (the KIA/MIA committee) has spent the past nine months diligently trying to locate family members of the seventy-eight servicemen. Sixty-six families have been located and contacted. Invitations were sent and those relatives will be attending numerous wreath laying ceremonies throughout the week.  

As a special way to honor the eleven men from Talbot County, banners were created with images of each of their faces with the words “REMEMBER ME”. The banners have been mounted on utility poles along Washington Street.  This reminds us that these men were everyday people – friends, neighbors and colleagues who went to war and left behind beloved families and friends. It is our way of letting them and their families know that they are never forgotten for their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families. After the Wall Traveling Exhibit leaves Easton, the banners will be given to each serviceman’s family.

To offset the cost of the exhibit and the banners, the Vietnam Traveling Wall of Easton, MD is partnering with Simpatico, Italy’s Finest, to host a wine dinner at Osteria Alfredo in Easton on Sunday, May 6th at 6:00 pm. The cost of the dinner is $65 plus tax and gratuity payable to the non-profit “Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall of Easton, MD” to aid their fundraising efforts. All profits will support the cost of bringing the Wall to Easton. 

 The menu with the food and wine pairings is:

First Course Caesar Salad  with Gemma di Luna Pinot Grigio

Second Course: Tortellini Boscaiola with Prosciutto and Cream, Ziobaffa Rosso Sangiovese/Syrah

Main Course, Choice of:
Rib Eye Steak Grilled Italian Style with Roasted Potatoes, La Lecciaia Sangiovese
Branzino with Zucchini and Lemon Sauce, Castellani Vermentino

Dessert: Gelato

Throughout the evening, the Owner of Simpatico, Bobbi Parlett, will share information about each wine. Simpatico will also be taking orders for the wine being served at the dinner and will donate all profits towards the Wall project. 

Please call or text 610-209-5409 to make a reservation or for more information.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee.


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