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The Traveling Wall will make a stop at Kalispell

By B.L. Azure
Char-Koosta News

The half-scale traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be stopping in Kalispell. (Courtesy photo) The half-scale traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be stopping in Kalispell. (Courtesy photo)

KALISPELL — The touring half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will once again be making a stop in Montana. This time The Traveling Wall will be in Kalispell where it will be on display from Thursday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept 10. It will be set up at 2000 Highway 93 South, in a vacant lot just north of Rosauers Supermarket.

The Wall That Heals will come into Montana with a motorcycle escort from its display in Goldendale, Washington on U.S. Highway 2 on Tuesday, Sept 5. The escort will stay the night in Troy at Roosevelt Park, camping is free.

At 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, the entourage will gather at the Troy VFW for a free breakfast. At 8 a.m. the entourage will gather at the Troy Community Baptist Church for staging. Then at 9 a.m. the group, with a Montana Highway Patrol escort, will motor to Kalispell where it will be set up for display.

The opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, and will be open all hours until the closing ceremonies at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10.

The Traveling Wall will be accompanied by the travelling Vietnam War history museum and souvenir shop.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, built with $8.4 million in private donations, was dedicated November 11, 1982. It is located on the Washington, DC Mall between the Lincoln and Washington memorials.

Through the years it has been dubbed The Wall, The Wall That Heals or The Healing Wall, among other names.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial spawned the traveling one-half size replica that is known, among other names, as The Traveling Wall. Through the years it has made several stops in Montana, including the western Montana communities of Missoula and Kalispell.

The Wall presently contains 58,318 names of those killed in action in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Among the names are eight women, and approximately 1,200 men listed as missing in action. They Vietnam War deaths are listed in chronological order from July 8, 1959 to May 15, 1975.

The Wall Kalispell stop is the result of the effort of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1087 and other various Northwest Montana veterans groups/organization.

For further information or to help or donate contact the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1087 at its website at: http//www.northwestmtvva.com/
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