Troy VFW Post 976 and the City of Troy will host a Vietnam Wall Experience on September 7 – 11 at Tri-Township Park in Troy.
The Wall will arrive at the park at approximately 6:00 p.m. on September 7, escorted by the Patriot Guard and other supporting motorcyclists. Escort will meet at Donnewald Distributors in Greenville, IL, departing there at 3:00 p.m. They will follow Rt 40 through Greenville, Pocahontas, Highland, St Jacob and Troy. The public is welcome to ride with the escort. Each community is invited to place American Flags along the escort route.
September 8th will be a work day to set-up the Wall and other displays. Volunteers are needed beginning at 7:00 a.m. and throughout the entire day.
The Wall and other displays will be open to the public at 9:00 a.m. on September 9, with the opening ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Friday’s speaker will be Chief Master Sargent, Charles Kempker, Retired, who lost a brother in Vietnam. Scott AFB Brass Quintet will provide the entertainment.
A brief Candlelight Ceremony will also take place at 9:00 p.m. on Friday.
Saturday evening’s ceremony will be at 7:00 p.m. The speaker will be Joe Frank, decorated Vietnam Veteran, who sustained injuries resulting in paraplegia. Joe has dedicated his life to public service and advocating on behalf of people with disabilities and Veterans. Entertainment will be provided by Triad High School Choir and Band.
The Closing Ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday will include speaker, Gary Sigler, decorated Vietnam Veteran and POW. Troy Community Band and area church choirs will provide entertainment.
Displays will include the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall, K9 Memorial Wall, Patriot Guard Moving Wall for all Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, Vietnam Huey Helicopter – “The Sound of Hope”, POW/MIA Hot Air Balloon – “Freedom Flight”, Agent Orange Quilt of Tears, Vietnam Memorabilia – through the eyes of Vietnam Veteran John Hosier, and a 50 State Flag display.
The Agent Orange Quilt of Tears will be accepting quilt blocks from area residents wishing to honor their loved ones to add to the quilt display. Blocks will be accepted during each Ceremony or at the display. (visit the Agent Orange Quilt of Tears website for specifics on block size, etc.)
Sponsors include Troy VFW Post 976, City of Troy, Scott Credit Union, TheBank of Edwardsville, Richeson Funeral Home, Thrivent Financial, First Nation Bank of Staunton – Troy Branch, Jack Schmidt Ford, Donnewald Distributors, Lochmueller Group, Anderson Hospital, Vitas Healthcare, First Collinsville Bank, Meineke Car Care, and many Friends of Veterans.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Jean Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org (618-960-9630), Roger Alons at email@example.com (618-558-7188) or Guideon Richeson at firstname.lastname@example.org (314-681-2770)