Traveling Vietnam Wall on Display
- By Cindy Horbrook
- Mar 22, 2012
A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on display March 23-30 in Whittier, Calif.
A five-mile-long motorcycle escort comprising 500 riders -- including veterans’ groups, the Patriot Guard and members of the community -- escorted the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall to Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary on March 22. The motorcade was followed by a Purple Heart ceremony.
The three-quarter-scale replica is 8 feet high and 240 feet long. Its black, reflective surface is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and women who died or are missing in Vietnam. The wall is available for public viewing 24 hours a day.
Special events during the week include opening and closing ceremonies; blessing at the wall and taps; a military vehicle display; a candlelight POW/MIA ceremony; and musical performances. Keynote and guest speakers include Rep. Linda Sanchez; Jim Pilkenton, a Vietnam veteran; and Sheriff Leroy D. Baca of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and director of Homeland Security-Mutual Aid for California Region.
There will also be a Veterans Resource Fair on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The one-day event is designed to provide information, support and services to veterans in a single location. Donations of new or gently used clothing for the homeless will be collected.
Cindy Horbrook is the associate editor for HME Business, Mobility Management, and Respiratory & Sleep Management magazines.