Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall replica coming to Ala. July 6

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In the wake of celebrating our nation’s 240th birthday, the city of Fultondale is bringing a special Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall replica to town, giving many Alabamians a once-in-a-lifetime chance to pay their respects to those lost during the Vietnam War.

Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall2The 360-feet long wall, which is a three-fifths replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., will be available for the public to visit July 6 to 10 at 3321 Lowery Parkway in Fultondale, a northern suburb of Birmingham.
The Vietnam Memorial Wall lists the names of 58,195 veterans — husbands, wives, sons, daughters, and friends — who never returned home from the war. This traveling memorial allows everyone to honor those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of America.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute brings the wall to various communities across the country, providing an opportunity for people who otherwise cannot visit the nation’s capital to pay their respects. This is the first time the wall will be in Fultondale.

The family-friendly event is free to the public and includes an kick-off parade, ceremonies to honor Vietnam veterans, as well as Cobra and Huey helicopter rides.

Below is the full schedule of events:

Wednesday, July 6
Welcoming ceremony
6 p.m.: Parade of the Wall escort (begins at Uptown/BJCC parking lot, north on Highway 31, turn on Walker Chapel Road and then on Lowery Parkway)

Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall1Thursday, July 7
Noon: Viewing of the Wall begins
3 p.m.: Wreath-laying ceremony

Friday, July 8
10 a.m.: Ceremony
Huey ($65) and Cobra ($310) helicopter rides
Free kids zone

Saturday, July 9
10 a.m.: Vietnam flag dedication
Entertainment all day
Free kids zone
Huey ($65) and Cobra ($310) helicopter rides
9 p.m.: Fireworks

Sunday, July 10 
10 a.m: Church service
1 p.m.: Ride of Honor
2 p.m.: Closing ceremony

The city of Fultondale is also in need of volunteers for this four-day event. If you are interested, call Fultondale City Hall at (205) 841-4481 or fill out this online form.

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