American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall Coming to Patriots PointChris Hauff Sep 17, 2014
The largest traveling replica of the iconic Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime museum Oct. 9-12.
The 360-foot long, eight-foot tall American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) Wall is 80 percent scale of the memorial in Washington D.C. It contains the names of every one of the 58,272 men and women who died in the more than decade long war.
“We are honored to offer our community a special chance to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of the Vietnam War,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “This will be a very special event for countless people across our state. It creates an opportunity for those who cannot travel to our nation’s capital to feel the emotions and connection with their lost friends and loved ones that is only attained through viewing the famous memorial.”
A special opening ceremony is planned for the evening of Oct. 9. It will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will include Medal of Honor Recipient Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, several state and local officials and a performance by the Official Parris Island Marine Band.
The Traveling Wall will be free and available to visitors around the clock from 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 to 12:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12 in the Grove at Patriots Point. Rubbing sheets and pencils will be provided.
This event is part of the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s ongoing efforts to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War over the next few years.
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