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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall escorted into South Boston

A reproduction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was escorted into South Boston Tuesday by the Patriot Guard Riders and Rolling Thunder. The exhibit will be set up on Wednesday and open at Tuck Dillard Memorial Stadium at 10 a.m. Thursday and remain on display until Sunday. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / April 09, 2013
The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall has arrived in Southside Virginia, with the half-scale replica of the famed Washington, D.C. memorial on display this week at Halifax County High School’s Tuck Dillard Stadium in South Boston.

The Traveling Wall was transported to South Boston yesterday, accompanied by a motorcycle escort of the Patriot Guard Riders and Rolling Thunder, along with local law enforcement officers.

Today, Wednesday, April 10, sponsors will begin the set-up of the wall with the help of JROTC cadets, Halifax County High School 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 Tuck Dillard football stadium, weather permitting (in case of bad weather, the opening will be moved to the Halifax County Middle School gymnasium). Local dignitaries and veterans group representatives are expected to make 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. Sunday night.

Saturday 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.

Area students are expected to visit the memorial wall and others from neighboring schools have been invited as well.

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.

For more information please contact Jennifer Roark at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Where might we obtain a few pictures from Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall escorted into South Boston. As you might know, there are several Viet Nam Vets who would like to have them.


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