Vietnam Veteran Wall coming to Camden
Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 11:01 am
Several ceremonies have been planned for the week that ‘The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall’ will be in Camden.
The opening ceremony will begin at 12:30 noon Thursday, May 19, following a bike escort that morning.
The Benton County Alumni Ensemble will perform during the ceremony. ‘The Wall’ will officially open for the public to visit at 1 p.m. and will remain open 24 hours each day until noon on Monday, May 23.
The Armed Forces Celebration ceremony will be held Saturday, May 21 beginning with a Rolling Thunder leading the “Run To The Wall” into Camden from Union City at 8 a.m. They are scheduled to arrive in Camden by 9:30.
The Ft. Campbell Band will begin performing at 9:40 with the ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. This event will include the flyover by TN 1st Squadron of Warbirds of America.
Closing ceremonies will be held at 1 p.m. on May 23, with visitation officially ending at 12 noon.
More information may be obtained by going to Facebook.com/Benton County Veterans Memorial, or by contacting Christy Hodge at 731-441-1802.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial will arrive in Camden on Wednesday, May 18, and will be on display across from the Benton County Veterans Memorial at the Benton County Industrial Park. The Benton County Veterans Memorial is the official sponsor of ‘The Wall’.
‘The Wall’ was erected, not only for the 58,253 who lost their lives during this historical war, but in honor of all the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in the Vietnam War.
Throughout the week, there will be volunteers assisting area visitors who are looking for a particular name, along with paper available for rubbings.