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Traveling Vietnam Wall visits Crosby next year

CROSBY– Plans are underway to bring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to this area next year in celebration of Veteran’s Day Weekend for a Thursday to Monday stay.
Participants currently include American Legion Post 658 in Crosby, Son Harvest Church, and United American Riders that list is expected to climb dramatically by next May. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is owned and operated by the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard, a grass roots veteran’s organization out of Cocoa, Florida.
It is a 3/5 scale replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. and measures 144 feet for each wing. The Wall has etched inside the names of those that gave the last full measure in the service of their country during the Vietnam Conflict inside Vietnam.

Plans are to have a motorcycle escort including groups such as Patriot Riders bring in the memorial to be erected on the grounds of the American Legion Post 658’s grounds. Estimated costs to bring the Wall to this area are $6,326 and growing so the need for sponsors is tantamount.
The event will be in conjunction with the Highway of Honor and the Veteran’s Feast as held last Saturday. Current plans are to have the Wall arrive on Nov. 3 and be put together that night and opening ceremonies will be held on Nov. 4. The wall will receive visitors from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Sat. and Sunday. Closing ceremonies will be held Sunday night and Monday the Wall will be deconstructed for its trip back.The Wall hopes to attract students to spark and interest in history.
Vietnam Veterans will be at the Wall to brief students and answer questions. For information on assisting with this community project contact Lynnette Crainer by calling 281-883-8500, 281-328-6295 message phone or e-mail shc.veterans@yahoo.com.