The City of Auburn will pay tribute to U.S. military and veterans with a series of events to extend throughout the coming weekend. Centering on a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that arrives on Wednesday, this weekend’s events include a ceremonial motorcycle ride and a parade through downtown Auburn.
The replica of the Vietnam Memorial wall arrives in Auburn Wednesday, May 18.
According to its website, the replica wall stretches over 380-feet long from end to end and contains all 58,253 names of those who died during the Vietnam War.
It is slated to arrive by an AVTT escort in the city on Wednesday, May 18. A reception will be held immediately following its arrival.
Other memorials expected to be present include: A timeline of the Vietnam war; a “Walk of Heroes” collection; a World War II tribute collection; a 9-11 tribute collection; a collection of conflict photos and listing of names of casualties between 1980-2000; a golden dog tag collection for Global War on Terror casualties; a Commander in Chief Presidential collection; a police and fire tribute and a Fort Hood tribute which will be set up in different areas adjacent to the wall.
An official grand opening of the wall and memorial collections is set for Thursday, May 19 at 4 p.m., which will include several Barrow County officials.
An interdenominational closing ceremony will pay respect at the wall on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m., before it is disassembled by American Veterans Post 53 and leaves the city.