Traveling Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall in North Lauderdale all weekend
The Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall, a three-quarter-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open for public viewing November 6-8, 2009, at Bailey Memorial Gardens, 7801 Bailey Road, North Lauderdale, Fla. 33068.
“The monument was created as a service to those who might never travel to the nation’s capital to experience the Vietnam Veterans Memorial firsthand,” said Steven Parker, general manager of Bailey Memorial Gardens, part of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers. “Our replica offers visitors a chance for healing and reflections, and we are very pleased to be able to share it with the community.”
Free and open to the public 24 hours a day from Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8, the replica is eight feet high and 240 feet long. Its black, reflective surface is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and women who died or are missing in Vietnam. Paper and pencils will be provided so visitors can make rubbings of names etched on the wall. The Dignity Memorial provider network created the replica in 1990, and The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is dedicated to all Americans who served in Vietnam and honors all veterans of the U.S. military.
Activities and ceremonies planned in conjunction with the exhibition include the following:
- A motorcade of Vietnam veterans and other riders from area motorcycle clubs will depart Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel in Deerfield Beach at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 to escort the wall to Bailey Memorial Gardens, where it is scheduled to arrive at approximately 1p.m.
- The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall will be open to teachers and school groups for an Education Day on Thursday, November 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Area veterans will give a presentation to educate the students on the importance of the Vietnam War and the relevance of the Wall. Educators interested in scheduling a tour for their students should contact Steven Parker, or .
- The Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 6 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will include presentation and posting of colors, singing of The Star-Spangled Banner by Channie Kahan and America the Beautiful by Melissa Garvey, remarks by Ilene Lieberman, Broward County Commissioner, District I and Mayor Jack Brady, City of North Lauderdale, the presentation of wreaths and bagpipes.
- At 11 a.m. on Friday, November 6, the reading of the names from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will begin and continue through the weekend.
- On Friday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m., a ceremony will feature The Star-Spangled Banner sung by SN Paula J. Hinkley, Taps, and will conclude by retiring the colors.
- On Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8, a ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. It will feature the presentation and posting of colors and the national anthem.
- A candlelight memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m. The service will feature the opening prayer by Reverend Rafael Cos, performance of America the Beautiful by Dr. Wilhelmina King and I Will Remember You by Cheryl Johnson, remarks by Rabbi Alan Sherman, the lighting of candles, Invocation by Reverend Ray Wehrenberg, and the playing of Taps.
- At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, the Florida 9th District American Legion Symphonic Band conducted by James McGonigal will perform.
- The Closing Ceremony will occur on Sunday, November 8 at 3 p.m. The ceremony will include remarks by local dignitaries and veterans, a concert by a symphonic band, a 21-gun salute, playing of Taps and retiring the colors.
The three-day exhibition is sponsored locally by Bailey Memorial Gardens with kind support from the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 23. To learn more, get updates or become a fan of the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, visit .
After N. Lauderdale, Fla., the monument will be on display in Yonkers, N.Y. from November 13-15, 2009. To date, the replica has traveled to more than 200 cities across the country and has been visited by millions of Americans.
The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is one of many efforts of the Dignity Memorial network to honor and support our nation’s veterans and active military. Other initiatives and programs include the Veterans Planning Guide, the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, educational veterans seminars and special pricing and benefits for members of three veterans service organizations.
Bailey Memorial Gardens is a proud Dignity Memorial provider in N. Lauderdale, Fla. The Dignity Memorial network of more than 1,600 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America’s most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence. For more information, call or visit www.DignityMemorial.com.
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