UPDATE: Preparations Underway for Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

By: Abbie Schrader, Todd Baucher Email
By: Abbie Schrader, Todd Baucher Email

UPDATE 7/18/2014 12:00 PM

Preparations are well underway for the second visit in four years of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Parkersburg.

A local committee of veterans and volunteers, headed by VFW Vienna Post Commander Greg Smith, is making arrangements for the visit.

That includes funding for the wall's travel to the area.

The replica of the Washington, D.C. landmark will be at Parkersburg City Park throughout the Labor Day weekend.

The wall will arrive Tuesday, August 26th, escorted by the Patriot Guard, and be set up Wednesday, the 27th.

A formal opening ceremony will be held that day as well.

The Memorial Wall will be available for visits through Monday, September 1, and leave City Park Tuesday, the 2nd.

A special non-denominational prayer service will take place Sunday evening, August 31st, beginning at 6:30.

A special monument returns to Parkersburg this Labor Day.

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be back in town at City Park September 3-9.

The wall is a replica of the memorial in Washington, D.C. and travels all across the country.

Its last appearance in Parkersburg was back in 2011 and brought close to 7,000 visitors.

Once the wall arrives a huge procession and opening ceremony will follow.

Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell is looking forward to having the wall back for a visit.

"It's actually an honor to have it here. A lot of people were very respectful of the fact that we do bring it here and it drew about 7,000 people during the few days it was here last time. Very well received, people want to see it back and we're very honored to get it back here," he says.

Once the wall is set up it will remain open 24/7 and volunteers will be available to help locate names on the wall.

A meeting is being held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the city building for those interested in volunteering.

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