Tuesday, March 18, 2008

American Veterans Traveling Tribute comes to Central Texas

I want to thank Kile's mom, Nanette, for letting me know that the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) was going to be in the area this weekend. You've probably heard about it before, likely more commonly known as the "Traveling Wall".

However, this traveling exhibit isn't just the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall (created to an 80% scale, but still 8 feet at its tallest point, and more than 370 long). The exhibit also includes something they call the Cost of Freedom displays, which "are 9 large memorials represented in gold dog tags under glass to remember and honor all who died in service since Vietnam, including 9/11", as well as "a large art display; Vietnam Remembered and a Walk of Heroes' display".

The AVTT is being hosted by the Williamson County Sheriff's Posse. Events begin on Thursday, March 20 with the tribute's arrival and building of the Wall. Friday will include Reveille, exhibit viewing all day, an opening ceremony at 1pm a the laying of a Gold Star Mothers' Wreath, to which Nanette has been invited. Saturday will also include Reveille and all day exhibit viewing, and will have ceremonies at noon and 6pm, as well as music and speakers. Easter Sunday repeats Reveille and exhibit viewing, but will also include a church service at 5:30, a candlelight vigil and a reading of names of the fallen from the surrounding counties. Monday begins with reveille and includes the final day of viewing the exhibits and a closing ceremony at 5pm.

All events will take place at the Williamson County Sheriff's Posse arena grounds which are located at 415 East Morrow Street, San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, Texas. I hope to be able to at least stop by to see the exhibits, but I don't think I'll be able to make any of the special ceremonies, what with my other commits this weekend.

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