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Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Comes to Warren Aug. 14

WARREN, Ohio – Traveling Vietnam War memorial “The Wall That Heals” will arrive in downtown Warren Aug. 14 around 2:30 p.m. for its only stop in Ohio during its current 38-state tour.

With an escort from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and several motorcycle associations, the memorial will leave the Austintown Quaker Steak & Lube at 2 p.m., traveling Interstate 80, state Route 11 and state Route 82 before arriving in downtown.

After traveling through downtown, where visitors are encouraged to line the streets to welcome The Wall, it will be officially unveiled 11 a.m. Aug. 16 at Packard Park following a day of set-up. The opening ceremony includes a “welcome home” event featuring U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a flyover from C-130s stationed at Youngstown Air Reserve Station and speeches from other guests as the wall honors all Vietnam War veterans.

Following the ceremony, the memorial – a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. – will be open for public viewing 24 hours a day through Aug. 19.

On Aug. 18, organizers will host “Women on the Wall” and a ceremony to honor Purple Heart recipients. On the final day, the closing ceremony will begin at noon. It includes a reading of the names of soldiers from Trumbull County who died in Vietnam.

The Wall That Heals, operated by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, also serves as an education center touching on the social, military, political and media aspects of the war.

More information is available at ExploreTrumbullCounty.com. To make donations or volunteer, call James Valesky at 330 507 8831.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.