Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Traveling Vietnam Wall in Bridgewater

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Vietnam Wall opens tomorrow at the Somerset County Park Commission's North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Road, Bridgewater.

The centerpiece of the display is the Traveling Vietnam Wall, a 370-foot-long 80% scale model of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

The wall opens to visitors at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 13th and is open 24-hours-a-day until Sunday, October 16th at 3 p.m.. There are daily events scheduled and the VA will have counselors on site at all times.

Thursday's Schedule:
The Wall and Exhibits open to the public at 1pm.

Opening ceremonies at 6pm -
Presentation of colors by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 452 color guard
Opening Remarks and Pledge of Allegiance led by NJ Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman
Singing of the national anthem by Isabel Stein, Annandale NJ
Invocation and blessing of the wall and exhibits by Deacon John R. Pacifico, St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Raritan NJ
County Welcome by Somerset County Freeholder Director Robert Zaborowski
Remarks by NJ Deputy Commissioner for Veterans Affairs Ray Zawacki
Remarks by NJ Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi
Remarks by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 452 President John LeGates

Laying of wreaths:
POW/MIA wreath by Freeholders Robert Zaborowski and Peter S. Palmer
Gold Star Mothers of New Jersey wreath by Charlene Cosgrove-Bowie
Military Order of Purple Hearts Chapter 27 wreath - Ted Dima and Ken Meaney
Department of New Jersey Marine Corps League wreath by Rosemary Fleming

Presentation by the Board of Chosen Freeholders of commemorative medals honoring Somerset County veterans who served during the Vietnam Era

Musical Performance by Tyler Mylroie, Joe Reina, Sr., Joe Reina, Jr., and Bob Burke
For more information on this event go here.

The daily events schedule is here.

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