Vietnam Memorial Wall coming to New Phila

Vietnam Memorial Wall coming to New Phila

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New Philadelphia VFW Post 1445 is bringing one of the Vietnam Memorial traveling walls to New Philadelphia over Veterans Day this year.

The wall will arrive in New Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 9 and be assembled by a crew of volunteers in the parking area behind the post beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

It will be dedicated on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m. The wall will be open to the public from the dedication service through Sunday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. The short dedication service will include musical tributes by the New Philadelphia High School Marching Quaker Band and the Delphian Chorale, followed by dedication speaker SFC Cody Wells, United States Army.

The traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, with over 58,300 names etched on it, is 380 feet long, 80% of the size of the actual Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Along with the wall, there will be separate panels displayed commemorating other U.S. military actions since WWI including, most recently, a tribute to the 13 American service members killed in the evacuation of Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 26.

“The post is very excited about bringing the wall to the area,” Post Cmdr. Steve Chenevey said. “We were contacted by the wall producer, AVTT, stating they had an opening over Veterans Day, and we jumped at the chance to bring the wall here.”

All are welcome to visit this tribute to America’s service members who died during the Vietnam War. A registry will be available that will allow visitors to look up the location of any name displayed on the wall.

The names of all Tuscarawas County service members killed in Vietnam will be marked on the wall. There is no charge to visit the wall. Attendees may bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Veterans Food Pantry at the post.