30 August 2010

The Traveling Wall Visits Ft. Knox

This last weekend, the Traveling Wall was at Ft. Knox, KY.  My younger son and I visited it to pay our respects.  Here are a few pictures of our visit.  I was teary-eyed when I saw all the names.  I don't know how I escaped knowing anyone who died in Vietnam.

This traveling tribute is a true depiction of the great sacrifices made throughout the history of our country. It consists of: 
  • Displays representing statistics from every war/conflict that the USA has been involved in.
  • A series of World War II panels portraying the entire timeline of events.
  • A Korean War tribute representing the timeline of the entire conflict with corresponding battle maps and photos.
  • The Traveling Vietnam Wall – 80% replica (largest replica) of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. The "wall" stretches over 380 ft long from end to end and contains all 58,253 names. The "wall" is current through 2009 and is constantly being updated to accurately pay tribute to those who died during the Vietnam war.
  • A timeline, series of facts and figures, and a display of art from Vietnam veteran artists depicting patriotic and veteran themes.
  • A display of USA founding and significant historical documents including the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other historical documents.
  • Panels for honoring Law Enforcement and Firefighters with pictorial display.
  • A panel memorializing the casualties at the Ft Hood 2009 shooting.
  • Pictures of each of our commanders in chief throughout history.
  • A 9/11 tribute with the names of all 2984 casualties organized by where they were located at the time of death.
  • The AVTT "Gold Dog Tag" display.  This one of a kind tribute honors those who have fallen and to which there is not currently a memorial for their honor and remembrance. Each dog tag permanently records the casualty information (full name, branch of service, rank, date and location of casualty) for that American Hero. This tribute is updated constantly and would be accurate to the day it would arrive at your location. Currently the AVTT Gold Dog Tag display is the tribute to those who have fallen 1) In hostile military actions between the end of Vietnam and the 9/11 attack and 2) As a member of the armed forces who have given their life in the Global War on Terror. 
For more info on this exhibit, visit this page.

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1 comment:

  1. I would love to see something like that I know it has to give chill bumps just thinking about all the people that lost their lives in those times, thanks for sharing!


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