UNION TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is on display through 3 p.m. Sunday at Veterans' Memorial Park in Union Township, Clermont County.
The traveling wall is an 80% replica of the memorial in Washington with more than 58,000 names of American casualties and MIAs.
Additional exhibits from the American Veterans' Traveling Tribute include the Cost of Freedom Memorial, 9/11 Memorials and more.
The exhibit opened Thursday with a B-25 flyover and a keynote speech by USO vice-president Glenn Welling.
The park is at the corner of Glen Este-Withamsville Road and Clough Pike. Parking is available at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road. There will be shuttle buses to the park. Limited parking is available at the park with handicapped placards.
See a map below or at http://tinyurl.com/n2m55gf
Here is a schedule of events:
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Noon, Opening Ceremony
Welcome & Emcee – Timothy Donnellon, Chairman, Union Township Board of Trustees
Presenting of the Colors - US Army Eastgate Recruiting Station Color Guard
Pledge of Allegiance – Steve Tam, VVA 649
National Anthem – West Clermont By Request A Capella Group
B-25 Flyover – Tri-state War Bird Museum
POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony – Mark Brandon, President, VVA 649
Invocation –Chaplain William Graybill, VVA 649, American Legion, VFW
Blessing of the Wall – Associate Pastor John Baird, Eastgate Community Church
Placing of the POW/MIA Wreath – Mark Brandon, President, VVA 649
Sounding of The Bell, Reading of The Names – Cliff Riley, President, and Howard Daugherty, Executive Director, Clermont County Veterans Service Commission
Music – West Clermont By Request A Capella Group
Keynote Speaker – Glenn Welling, Vice-president of Operations, USO, Washington D.C.
Benediction – Chaplain William Graybill, VVA 649, American Legion, VFW
Retrieval of the Colors - US Army Eastgate Recruiting Station Color Guard
Friday, October 11, 2013
10 a.m., Reveille & Opening Ceremony
(Agenda handled by the Civil Air Patrol, 279th Composite Squadron, Clermont County)
Presenting of the Colors – Civil Air Patrol Color Guard
Pledge of Allegiance – Civil Air Patrol
Invocation – Civil Air Patrol
National Anthem – Civil Air Patrol
POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony – Robert McGee, Union Township Board of Trustees
Keynote Speaker – Tony Aretz, Ph.D., President, Mt. St. Joseph College; retired, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, former USAF Academy Professor of 17 years
Benediction – Sister Ann Ryan
Retrieval of the Colors
Overnight: Boy Scouts
Saturday, October 12, 2013
10 a.m. Reveille & Opening Ceremony
Welcome & Emcee – Matthew Beamer, Union Township Board of Trustees
Presenting of the Colors – Union Township Police Honor Guard
Invocation – Pastor Troy P. Ervin, Pastor, Life Change Church
Pledge of Allegiance – David Jenkins, Retired Air Force TSgt.
National Anthem – Todd Kritzwiser, Worship Team, Life Change Church
POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony – Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg
Keynote Speaker –Joseph Johnston, National Commander of Disabled American Veterans
America the Beautiful – Todd Kritzwiser, Worship Team, Life Change Church
Benediction – Pastor Troy P. Ervin, Life Change Church
6 p.m. Vietnam Veterans of America Reception & Dinner, Holiday Inn & Suites, Eastgate
8:45 p.m. Vietnam Veterans of America Welcome Home Ride to the Wall
Overnight: Boy Scouts
Sunday, October 13, 2013
9 a.m. Morning Service, Gold Star Families’ Wreath Laying Service
Service at The Wall – Pastor Marie Smith, Clough United Methodist Church
Gold Star Families Wreath Laying Service – Pastor Marie Smith, Clough United Methodist
10 a.m. Gold Star Mother & Patriot Guard Brunch, Holiday Inn & Suites, Eastgate
11 a.m. Staging of Ride of Honor at Quaker Steak & Lube, Milford
1 p.m. Ride of Honor from Quaker Steak & Lube, Milford
3 p.m. Closing Ceremony
Closing – Pastor Larry Herald, Freedom in The Wind Church
Thank You – Cliff Riley, Clermont County Veterans Service Commission and VVA 649
Benediction – Howard Daugherty, Clermont County Veterans Service Commission
Gun Salute – VFW Memorial Team, VFW Post 9630
Taps – Chris Smith
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