Veterans Traveling Tribute to return to Union Township

After an absence of 10 years, the American Veterans Traveling Tribute will again be displayed at Veterans Memorial Park, Union Township, from Thursday, Oct. 10, through Sunday, Oct. 13.

This 4/5 scale model of the Vietnam wall in Washington D.C. is a poignant and moving reminder of the war that tore America apart in the 1960s and 1970s, and the tens of thousands of Americans who lost their lives in the jungles of southeast Asia.

The wall is at once peaceful and heartbreaking. Designed by Maya Ying Lin, born in Athens, Ohio, it was her entry, number 1,026 out of 1,421 design entries, that was selected by a panel of eight internationally recognized artists and designers. According to the Internet site, Lin wanted to create a park within a park – a quiet protected place unto itself, yet harmonious with the overall plan of Constitution Gardens in Washington D.C.

The walls have a mirror-like surface (polished black granite), reflecting the images of the surrounding trees, lawns, monuments and visitors. It is now etched with 58,272 names

It is this beautiful, serene design that brings people by the thousands to the wall in Washington D.C., as well as the Traveling Tribute, to take rubbings, leave mementos, and just to reflect.

But the committee for the Traveling Tribute has been busy for months planning some very significant events to honor the heroes represented by this memorial, beginning with the Opening Ceremony at noon Thursday, Oct. 10.

The colors will be presented, the wall will be blessed, and the POW/MIA wreath will be placed at the wall.

Special keynote speaker will be Glenn Welling, vice-president of Operations, USO, Washington D.C.

A full schedule of events will be posted nearer to opening date of Oct. 10.

Veterans Memorial Park is located at Glen Este-Withamsville Road and Clough Pike, Union Township, Clermont County.