Vietnam Traveling Wall to visit Topeka

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall will visit the Museum of the Kansas National Guard at Forbes Field, 6700 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, from 12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31.

The Traveling Wall is an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Across its 360-foot length, the wall contains every name etched on the original. The replica wall began traveling in early 1998 right after its completion. More than 60,000 people visited a similar traveling wall when it came to Topeka in 1997.

The Museum of the Kansas National Guard is working with veterans and civic groups to make this visit possible. Partners include Chapter 604 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Topeka American Legion posts, VFW Post 1650, the Marine Corps League, the Kaw Valley Chapter of the Military Officer Association, the Association of the U. S. Army, and others.

The Traveling Wall will be open to the public 24 hours a day during its visit. Reveille and evening ceremonies will be held daily, with additional special events on Saturday, Aug. 30.

The mission of the project is to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember men and women who served, and to pay tribute to those who gave all in that service. Since the tribute is mobile, it allows people to honor and respect veterans and active military personnel without having to travel great distances to do so.

To learn more about the Traveling Wall, visit www.avtt.org, or for information about the Museum of the Kansas National Guard, see www.kansasguardmuseum.org.


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