Vietnam Memorial arriving in Carteret tomorrow

The largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display around the clock at the Carteret Park from April 28 at 3 p.m. to May 1 at 3 p.m.

The replica is a 80% scale of the actual wall in Washington D.C.,which includes the names of more than 58,000 fallen heroes.

There will be no charge to view the memorial in Carteret during the 4-day exhibit.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall has appeared in cities and towns across America to remind citizens of the sacrifices made in their name.

 

An honor escort is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Riders from several veteran organizations will escort the display from NJ Turnpike Exit-12 around town and then to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial in Carteret Park.

The 4-day exhibit will commence with an opening ceremony on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

A Vietnam remembrance ceremony will take place Saturday, April 30, starting at 3 p.m.  The elite Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon will perform their intricate drill routine with unparalleled precision, including articulate rifle spins and exchanges. There will also be a fixed wing aircraft fly over.

A candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. will be held to remember those who sacrificed their lives and to honor those who fought in the Vietnam War.

“The Vietnam Veterans War Memorial is a testament to honor and recognize 58,307 men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” said Council President Vinnie Bellino, a Vietnam Veteran.

Built in early 1998, AVTT’s Traveling Vietnam Wall provides those who are not able to visit the memorial in Washington D.C. with the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to those who served in the Vietnam War.

The Vietnam Traveling Wall is expected to attract thousands of attendees, including a host of veteran organizations, public officials from the county and state, civic and community groups from throughout the area, as well as many supporters and friends of the U.S. military.

As on-site parking is limited, residents and visitors are encouraged to utilize the shuttle stations at Carteret Public Library (100 Cooke Avenue) or VFW Post 2314 (289 Pershing Avenue), where shuttles will run from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, and are ADA accessible.

Ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28.

On Saturday, April 30, there will be a name reading of New Jersey’s 1,487 sons and daughters that were killed in action during the Vietnam conflict.

 

The exhibit will be open for public display 24-hours a day from Thursday, April 28 at 3 pm until Sunday, May 1 at 3 pm. The exhibit will be open to the general public free of charge.


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