Traveling Vietnam Wall coming to Toledo June 5-9Written by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
A Vietnam War veterans appreciation event, featuring a traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, welcome home celebration and veterans resource fair, will take place June 5-9 at International Park in East Toledo.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute is an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. The 360-foot-long wall contains all the names etched on the original.
The wall will be available for free viewing at International Park 24 hours a day starting at noon June 6 through 3 p.m. June 9. Vintage military vehicles will be on display all week as well as a Huey helicopter on June 7-8.
To kick off the event, there will be a free, public welcome home celebration and honor roll call at 7 p.m. June 5 at the University of Toledo’s Savage Hall.
Veterans can register or get more information by visiting the website www.toledoveteransevent.com, the Facebook page “Toledo Ohio Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Event” or by calling (419) 460-5288. Veterans can also sign up at the door.
Wednesday, June 5
3 p.m.: Motorcycle escort from Toledo Express Airport to International Park in East Toledo. Staging begins at 1 p.m.
7 p.m.: Welcome home celebration and honor roll call at Savage Hall on the University of Toledo campus. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, June 6
Noon: Wall opens to public viewing for 24 hours/day through June 9.
2-6 p.m.: Veteran resource area open at Forrester’s on the River at The Docks.
7 p.m.: Vietnam Era Veteran Night during Mud Hens game at Fifth Third Field. Free admission for Vietnam Era veterans with DD214 form.
Friday, June 7
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Veteran resource area open at Forrester’s on the River at The Docks.
Noon: Unveiling ceremony of bronze plaque recognizing and commemorating local Vietnam Era veterans. A dedication is scheduled at the All Wars Memorial in the Civic Center Mall in Downtown Toledo.
7-9 p.m.: Thunder Road concert at International Park gazebo.
Saturday, June 8
9 a.m.: Motorcycle ride/salute starting at Toledo Harley Davidson, 7960 W. Central Ave., Toledo. Staging begins at 6 a.m., kick stands up at 8 a.m.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Veteran resource area open at Forrester’s on the River at The Docks.
5-7:30 p.m.: Vietnam Era veterans spaghetti dinner at Forrester’s on the River at The Docks. Show DD214 form for a free dinner.
Sunday, June 9
7 a.m.: Sunrise Remembrance Service at International Park.
8-10 a.m.: Pancake breakfast at Forrester’s on the River at The Docks.
3 p.m.: Closing ceremony at the wall.