TRAVELING VIETNAM WALL IN BIG BEAR

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Presented by American Veterans Traveling Tribute

Veterans and active members of America’s armed services travel great distances and make great sacrifices to preserve and protect freedom and liberty, how far will you travel to honor their contribution? The American Veterans Traveling Tribute will visit Big Bear Lake from September 26-28, 2013 with the Cost of Freedom Tribute.  The memorial will be open to the public for continuous viewing during that time.  On Thursday, September 26, local students from Bear Valley Unified School District have the opportunity to visit the site and learn about the wall’s significance and history. Students from Big Bear High School will be visiting the wall from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Big Bear Elementary from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Baldwin Lane Elementary from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., North Shore Elementary from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. and Big Bear Middle School from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Honor Our American Heroes by visiting the largest replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, on display at Meadow Park, 41220 Park Avenue in Big Bear Lake.  A Grand Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m., with Keynote Speaker Col. Paul Cook (USMC Ret.), U.S. Congressman, in attendance. Directions, event parking and shuttle information can be found at citybigbearlake.com/thewall.

The mission of the project is to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember men and women who served, and to pay specific tribute to those who gave all in that service. Since the tribute is mobile it allows people to honor and respect veterans and active military personnel without having to travel great distances to do so.

The AVTT presents several Cost of Freedom memorials and exhibits with its centerpiece being the Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Across its 360-foot length the wall contains every single name etched on the original. At its apex the memorial is an impressive eight-feet tall. The Traveling Wall was completed in early 1998 and began traveling that year.

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