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Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial arrives Tuesday
SoVaNow.com / April 04, 2013The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall will arrive in Halifax County on Tuesday, April 9 escorted by the Patriot Guard Riders and Rolling Thunder along with local law enforcement officers.
The group will be assembling at Annin Flag Company on Route 58 West at 1:30 p.m before heading into town along Broad Street. They will continue onto Old Halifax Road turning onto Halifax Road at CVS before heading to Halifax County High School. The group will travel through the high school parking lot and into the football stadium in the bus parking lot around 2 p.m.
Sponsors of the event are urging businesses and others along the route to come out with their flags, waving to greet the group. Site Manager Bob Dobek will be ready to answer questions and give interviews at this time.
On the next day, Wednesday, April 10, sponsors will begin the set-up of the wall with the help of JROTC cadets, football players and Rolling Thunder participants. The set-up is expected to take at least three hours.
The grand opening of the exhibit is scheduled for Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at the football stadium, weather permitting (in case of bad weather, the opening will be moved to the Middle School gymnasium). Local dignitaries, Town Manager Ted Daniel and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Merle Herndon and others are expected to make some remarks during the ceremony which is expected to take less than an hour.
The exhibit will be open to the public for the remainder of the day as well as on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until it closes at 7 p.m. Friday will be Bike Day with Harley-Davidson bikers and Rolling Thunder participating in the activities. Smokin’ Jakes will be offering food that day and a Missing Man ceremony will take place at noon.
Local school students are expected to visit the memorial wall and others from neighboring schools have been invited to visit also.
A local Honor Guard unit will close out the event on Sunday afternoon.
In the meantime, sponsors are looking for civic or church groups of not less than four members to volunteer to provide overnight security.
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