Traveling Vietnam Wall making stop


French Lick Resort is hosting the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and its Traveling Vietnam Wall Thursday through Sunday on the front lawn of the casino, 8670 W. State Road 56, French Lick.

The AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall is touring across the United States to pay tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.

The wall is an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., which is the most visited monument in the nation’s capital, according to a news release.

The names of the 58,000-plus American servicemen and women who gave their lives in the Vietnam War are etched on the AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall, which is 360 feet in length and 8 feet tall. Rubbings may be taken with the provided wall rubbing sheet.

On Wednesday afternoon, the wall is scheduled to roll into town on its route up State Road 145. The processional will include a brigade of nearly 150 motorcycles as the wall is ushered into the resort around 3 p.m., during which time State Road 56 will be briefly closed to east/west traffic.

The wall will be erected Thursday morning and officially open for viewing around noon. A special presentation is set for 4 p.m. Thursday.

The wall will be up for more than 72 hours of round-the-clock display until 3 p.m. Sunday. Viewing of the wall is free to the public, and it will be lit up at night.

There also will be search stations set up for visitors to have a road map of sorts if they’re seeking a particular name on the wall.

With Veterans Day being Saturday, the local American Legion is planning a brunch for veterans and their families from 9 to 11 a.m.

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