In the early morning hours of Saturday, January 13, volunteers
from two International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
(IBEW) unions gathered at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in
Washington to replace the lights on the cobbled path in front
of The Wall.
The 14 volunteers were recruited by
longtime VVA member Will Schwartz, a member of IBEW Local 24
in Baltimore, and included members of IBEW Local 26 in
Joining Schwartz, a former Maryland State
Council president, were fellow Baltimore Local 24 members Jack
Sowers, Donald Peters, Robert Kulp, Jim McDermott, Will
Richardson, and Ivan S. Anderson.
D.C. Local 26 members who took part were:
Jerry Lozupone, Joe Dabbs, Norm Strickland, Richard Wylie,
Chuck Graham, Butch Ramos, Lany R. Greenhill, and
International Representative Bud Satterfield.
Although many of the volunteers were not
veterans, they willingly donated their time and effort to help
with this project. The veterans in the group said they were
honored to volunteer their time to help.
The 72 lights were replaced with 10-watt
quartz lamps, each with a life expectancy of 4,000 hours. The
lamps were donated by PBM Lembach Group, Marlin Electric in
In the past, bulb replacement has been
erratic. The IBEW volunteers plan to change that. Early one
morning this spring, they will return once again to replace
all the bulbs along the walkway.