The Putnam Examiner

The Vietnam Traveling Wall Comes to Putnam

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Veterans and active members of America’s armed services travel great
Distances and make great sacrifices to preserve and protect freedom and liberty, how far will you travel to honor their contribution?
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute will visit Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park on October 4- 7, with the Traveling Wall. This is the third time the Traveling Wall has been in Putnam and the fourth time we will have replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The mission of the project is to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember men and women who served, and to pay specific tribute to those who gave all in that service. Since the tribute is mobile it allows people to honor and respect veterans and active military personnel without having to travel great distances to do so.

The AVTT presents the AVTT Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Across its 360-foot length the wall contains every single name etched on the original. At its apex the memorial is an impressive eight-foot tall. The Traveling Wall was completed in early 1998 and began traveling that year. AVTT’s Traveling Wall is the largest Wall replica traveling the USA, and is not to be confused with several other replica Walls; The Moving Wall, The Dignity Wall, the Wall That Heals. These replica Walls do a fine job, and we are all on a mutual mission.

Remembering, educating, and respect are the main focuses of AVTT. Honoring our nation’s hero’s one community at a time.

This event is being hosted for the fourth time by the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council. An opening ceremony will be held Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. The Traveling Wall will be set up by noon on Oct. 4. Donations to the event will be graciously accepted.

The Wall shall be open to the public, 24 hours a day. The names will be read continuously from the opening ceremony to the closing ceremony. If you volunteer for evening/night duty, a flashlight and spare batteries could be very helpful. The Wall and surrounds may be dimly illuminated after sunset. 
Contact Art Hanley or Karl Rohde at 845-808-1620.

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