Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall Arrives in Sidney Ohio

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The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall continues it's journey of remembrance with a stop in Sidney, Ohio. The exhibit honors the incredible sacrifices and hardships of our veterans and reminds how, even in a small Ohio town, we were all affected by the war in Vietnam.

Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall arrives in Sidney Ohio.

The traveling tribute pays homage to those who served their country, enabling visitors to share a common bond of experience; a reminder of America's veterans' dedication to freedom. The memorial serves as an emotional and educational reminder, of the sacrifices made by Vietnam vets in particular; upholding the promise that those who served shall not be forgotten.

The semi-trailer transporting the memorial arrived with it's with Motorcycle escort to the cheers of flag waving spectators. The caravan traveled through Sidney to the VFW post for dinner and refreshments. The Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall will be setup for viewing by noon Thursday 10/19/2006 at Custenborder Field, just east of downtown Sidney, Ohio on State

Route 47. The traveling memorial will remain open continuously till 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Wall displaying the names of 58,283 war dead is the largest replica of the original Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. A visually impressive 4/5 scale replica of the Travelling Memorial stands 8 feet high at the apex, spanning 370 feet. A veterans art exhibit and "The Ohio Wall" will also be featured at the Sidney, Ohio event.

Order of Events:

Noon Thursday 10/19/2006 Set up for viewing (The Wall remains open for viewing 24hrs/day till 7PM Sunday)

10 A.M. Saturday 10/21/2006 Opening Ceremony

2 PM Sunday 10/22/2006 Closing Ceremony

7 PM Sunday 10/22/2006 End of viewing time

Opening Ceremonies

Rich Wallace: President of the Shelby County Historical Society, attorney, author, and active community volunteer.

ex-Vietnam War prisoner of war Don Gouins

Gold Star Mother and president of the Shelby County Gold Star Mothers Dorothy Locker

John Johnson of the Western Ohio Marine Corps League

Invocation by Rev. James Trick

Presentation of colors by the Sidney VFW, American Legion and AMVETS

21-gun salute by the American Legion

The Lehman High School Choir and trumpet will perform "Taps"

American Legion Singing Soldiers will perform

A reading of the names of local war victims by their relatives.

Closing Ceremonies

Rich Wallace

Presentation of colors

Reading of the names

comments by Dorothy Locker

Sheila Nuss, president of the Sidney American Legion Auxiliary.

The event is organized by Robert Huston, John Huston and Keith Goins; to honor the Shelby County Chapter of Gold Star Mothers, the community and families who suffered the loss of a loved one or friend in the Vietnam War. The exhibit is organized and maintained by the American Veteran's Traveling tribute.

For updated details, comments and pictures visit Shelby Landscaping or Visit-Sidney.com

Donations for the Wall's visit are still being accepted. Checks should be made payable to The Traveling Wall Foundation and sent to Mutual Federal, 121 S. Ohio, P.O. Box 4217, Sidney, OH 45365.

For more detailed information or interviews, call Robert Huston at (937) 726-2984, John Huston at 937-492-7301 or Keith Goins at 937-726-7577.

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