Sidney, Ohio (PRWEB) October 19, 2006
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
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.
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.
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.