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Coos County Veterans Services hosts American Veterans Traveling Tribute in September 2018

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute. (Screen shot from the American Veterans Traveling Tribute website)

COQUILLE, Ore. -- Coos County Veteran Services is pleased to announce that a replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be in Coos County September 13-16, 2018.

The Traveling Wall will be displayed in Sturdivant Park in Coquille.

The Traveling Wall arrives on September 12 and will be met in Myrtle Point by a motor parade. It will be escorted to Coquille where it will be set up the morning of Thursday, September 13, and be open to the public starting at 1 p.m. with an opening ceremony.

Visitors can view the wall from dawn to dusk on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday morning before it is dismantled and leaves the county that afternoon.

The display is an 80 percent replica of the memorial in Washington D.C. and a moving tribute honoring Vietnam Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our freedom.

All members of the public are invited to view the wall and join in the Opening Ceremony at 1 p.m. on September 13, 2018.

The public is welcome to join the motor escort from Myrtle Point on September 12, 2018. Organizers ask that you contact Coos County Veterans Services to register to participate.

The Veterans Department is looking for volunteers to assist with set up, security, assisting visitors in locating names and other tasks during the Traveling Wall event in September 2018. Donations of materials are also welcomed. Needs include golf carts or wheelchairs to assist disabled visitors, park benches to allow people to sit and view the wall, water/refreshments for volunteers, temporary landscaping with plants or flowers. Volunteers may contact the office at coosvets@co.coos.or.us or (541) 396-7590. Further information regarding the wall can be found at: http://www.americanveteranstravelingtribute.com/.

The Traveling Wall event is part of a multi-year project to honor the Vietnam Veterans in our communities. Coos County Veteran Services has partnered with the Department of Defense 50th Anniversary Commemoration Project. According to DoD, any living Veteran who served between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive a lapel pin at a Ceremony of Honor.

The next ceremony will be November 2, 2017 in Myrtle Point. Veterans who wish to participate can complete a form online at https://goo.gl/forms/YlpQrTavVqiVvyqY2 Applicants will get a receipt when the form is submitted. If preferred, a paper copy can be picked up at any County Veteran Service Office location or can be mailed by calling (541) 396-7590.

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