Veterans Event Information

May 25, 2013 - 11:30 AM
Veterans Plaza Memorial Day Event
For Immediate Release Contacts for Reporters: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Diggs Brown (970) 980-1080 cptdiggs@hotmail.com; Vietnam War Memorial Wall to be on Display at Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado FORT COLLINS – The public is invited to celebrate Memorial Day and honor and commemorate local Vietnam War veterans by visiting the AVTT Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, which will be on display at the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado, May 23-27. The travelling wall - only 20 percent smaller than the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. – is the largest reproduction of the landmark memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and carries the names of the 58,261 service members who died in the war. The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be escorted into Fort Collins by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and erected on May 23. The wall, which will be guarded and lighted 24 hours a day, will be open for public viewing through May 27. The display of the wall will be one of several events scheduled at the Veterans Plaza during the Memorial Day weekend. · An authentic Vietnam era Huey Gunship will be on display at the Veterans Plaza from May 23-27. The completed restored Huey is maintained by two U.S. military veterans, both Vietnam helicopter pilots. It has traveled the country and been displayed at events and museums. · The Helicopter War Museum will be on location at the Veterans Plaza. The museum, mounted on a 44’ trailer, recounts the history of helicopters in the Vietnam War. · The annual Memorial Day celebration will be held at 11:30 on Saturday, May 25, and will include: Huey helicopter fly-over, music, food vendors, speakers, re-enactors in Vietnam-era uniforms, and vintage vehicles. Lt. Gen. John Thomas Myers, US Army retired, and current adjunct leadership instructor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Tucson, Ariz. will be the keynote speaker. · The Veterans Plaza will host a fundraiser on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 at the Hideout Patio Bar and Grill, 1903 E. Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins. All veterans and members of the public are invited and money raised will go toward the cost of bringing the wall to the Veterans Plaza and for upkeep of the plaza. About the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado

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