Vietnam Wall replica a key component in Cost of Freedom tribute

It’s called “A Celebration of Freedom…The Cost of Freedom Tribute” and the five-day observance began Wednesday at the Cache County Fairgrounds. Dan Gyllenskog, senior vice commander of the Marine Corps League of Cache Valley, is the event coordinator. He says a 370-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. will be on display at the fairgrounds from Thursday through Sunday. Along with the wall replica, the event will have other exhibits including a tribute to World War II, a tribute to the Korean War, Vietnam Remembered art display, Walk of Heroes collection, 9/11 tribute, tribute to law enforcement, fire fighters, EMTs and EMS personnel, flags for display on the wall and other exhibits and activities. Gyllenskog says everything got started Wednesday afternoon with a motorcycle escort for the wall. The wall and tributes will be available for public display beginning with an opening ceremony at 12 noon Thursday. School children and the public are particularly invited to attend. There will also be an evening ceremony at 6 p.m. honoring the flag, 9/11 and law enforcement, fire fighters, EMTs and EMS personnel. The wall and exhibits open as early as 8 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will also be local entertainment Thursday through Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. Friday’s evening ceremony and program honors all veterans. There will also be a special national POW/MIA Awareness Day program. On Saturday is a special All Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home which takes place all day. There will also be an evening ceremony specially for Vietnam Vets. At 10 a.m. Sunday there will be a non-denominational church service followed by a motorcycle ride to the wall at 1 p.m. The wall and exhibits close at 6 p.m. Sunday following closing ceremony.

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