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Aug. 2, 2018
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Sponsors Traveling Vietnam Memorial Exhibit 

The Wall that Heals, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, is visiting the City of Newburgh this week to help bring closure, honor and pride to veterans and families of the Vietnam War. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is the primary sponsor of the exhibit, and a total of 18 employee-volunteers will assist visitors in locating the names of their loved ones through the weekend.

“This important memorial helps to bring together our communities and serves as a reminder of the sacrifice our veterans have made in service of their country,” said Denise D. VanBuren, Vice President of Public Relations at Central Hudson. “We’re grateful to those who have worn the uniform of our nation and proud to sponsor the Wall that Heals in Newburgh, as Central Hudson’s roots began in this city.”

The Wall that Heals exhibit is located on the City of Newburgh waterfront. At 375 feet long and 7.5 feet at its highest point, the Wall is a three-quarter replica of the original memorial in Washington, D.C., and carries more than 53,000 names of fallen soldiers. A 53-foot long trailer serves as a mobile education center, providing historical facts and a timeline of the war. The exhibit has traveled to more than 600 cities, and is free to visitors. The illuminated memorial is open 24 hours per day through Saturday. A candlelight vigil will be held on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and the Newburgh Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closing ceremonies take place on Sunday afternoon from noon until 2 p.m., during which Central Hudson President and C.E.O. Michael L. Mosher will read the names of the Dutchess County men whose names appear on the wall.

During 2018, Central Hudson has celebrated the contributions of veterans in several ways. In addition to sponsoring the Wall that Heals, the energy company joined Dutchess County and local agencies in observing 2018 as the Year of the Veteran; has made a special grant available for income-eligible veterans and military families served by Central Hudson toward their utility bills through the Good Neighbor Fund; and continued to promote the Troops to Energy program to provide a pathway for veterans to careers in the energy industry.

"We employ more than 70 veterans at Central Hudson, filling a wide variety of critical roles," said VanBuren. "Many of their skills gained while serving in the military are well suited for jobs in the energy industry, and we appreciate their talents and dedication in serving our customers.

“We hope that the Wall that Heals memorial’s visit to Newburgh offers a supportive environment for veterans and their families,” said VanBuren. “We also hope that it will provide the opportunity for younger generations to learn of the conflict and understand the bravery of those who served. By preserving the past, we honor those who preserve our freedoms today.”

For more information, visit www.vvmf.org/twth.

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Central Hudson is the primary sponsor of the Wall that Heals exhibit at the Newburgh waterfront this week. The exhibit is a traveling, three-quarter replica of the original memorial in Washington, D.C. Below left:  A group of among the 18 Central Hudson employee-volunteers assemble in front of the wall. Below right: Visitors make a “rub” of a name on the wall. Bottom: Central Hudson employee-volunteers help visitors locate the names of their loved ones on the wall. 

Central Hudson is the primary sponsor of the Wall that Heals exhibit at the Newburgh waterfront this week. The exhibit is a traveling, three-quarter replica of the original memorial in Washington, D.C. Above left:  A group of among the 18 Central Hudson employee-volunteers assemble in front of the wall. Above-right: Central Hudson employee-volunteers help visitors locate the names of their loved ones on the wall. Left: Visitors make a "rub" of a name on the wall.