Visiting 'The Wall': Traveling exhibit is coming to New York Mills VFW, Sept. 10-13
NEW YORK MILLS -- The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall will arrive in New York Mills on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
A motorcade escort will gather in Perham at the Pamida parking lot around 10 a.m. and then travel down Highway 10 until it reaches New York Mills VFW Post 3289, just outside of New York Mills.
Volunteer crews will work through the night to install the 80 percent size replica (370 feet long and 8½ feet tall).
The wall will open to the public with a special ceremony at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. Guards will be posted 24 hours a day and there will be many special performances, presentations and speeches to honor veterans through the four-day event.
From Sept. 10 through Sept. 13, there will be daily programs at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with guest speakers, readings and music. On Thursday night at 7 p.m., the Wadena Area Concert Band will perform in the bandshell. All the events will be free and open to the public.
The centerpiece of the exhibit commemorates the 58,253 American Military personnel (eight were women) who were direct casualties of the war, including about 1,300 who are still considered Missing in Action (MIA). In addition, the exhibit includes The Cost of Freedom Memorial, honoring those who gave their lives for our freedom since Vietnam, including present day Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as well as tributes to World War II veterans.
For more information, call 218-385-3510 or 218-346-7678. You can also visit the web site online at www.ITOWmuseum.org, where a complete schedule of events will be posted.