Traveling wall coming to Haverhill
HAVERHILL — The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall will visit the North Haverhill Fairgrounds, Dartmouth College Highway, from Thursday, May 23 through Monday, May 27.
Since the tribute is mobile it allows people to honor and respect veterans and active military personnel without having to travel great distances to do so.
The AVTT also presents The Cost of Freedom Tribute and exhibits with its centerpiece being the Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
Across its 370-foot length, the wall contains every single name etched on the original. At its apex, the memorial is 8 feet tall. It was completed in 1998 and began traveling that year.
It is the largest wall replica traveling the United State and is not to be confused with several other replica walls — The Moving Wall, The Dignity Wall and the Wall That Heals.
The other memorials and exhibits included in the AVTT event include:
The Cost of Freedom Memorial, a series of exhibits created in gold dog tags to record the names of those who gave their lives during Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
911 Memorial, an exhibit to make sure "we never forget."
Walk of Heroes, an exhibit that pays tribute and provides education regarding the country's history.
Vietnam Remembered depicts the timeline of the Vietnam conflict.
Tribute Panel. People can purchase a custom inscribed dog tag to place on our tribute panel as a tribute and personal message to a loved ones.
1980-2000 Conflicts, a listing of the names, photos and information on all the conflicts our country was involved in during those years.
World War II. The tribute helps assure that all living veterans are honored. AVTT presents displays of pictures and information, which include timelines and casualty by country that pay specific tribute to World War II veterans.
Korean War. This is a pictorial display of the men who fought the forgotten war along with battle maps and the war timeline.
AVTT is not government sponsored or affiliated, but funded through sponsorship fees, donations and sale of merchandise at events.
AVTT works with The Traveling Wall Foundation, an IRS designated charitable non-profit organization. Donations or support to AVTT's mission, via the foundation, are qualified charitable tax deductions.
Visit www.avtt.org or call 903-714-8634 for more information.
The event is sponsored by the town of Haverhill,Haverhill Memorial VFW Post 5245 and Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Ross Wood Post 20, regional fire departments, and individual veterans.
Daily ceremonies are planned for midday and evening and will honor the following:
Thursday, May 23 at noon. POW/MIA Remembrance; Gold Star Mothers
Friday, May 24 at noon and 6 p.m. Law enforcement, firefighters and EMS
Saturday, May 25 at 2 p.m. Recognizing local veterans of all conflicts
Sunday, May 26 at noon. Veteran motorcycle groups "Ride to the Wall"
Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Honors will be given in memory of World War II veterans Wilson "Stub" Keith, William White, Russell Hatch and Harry Williams
The Vietnam Memorial computer database will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Displays, fairgrounds and restrooms are handicap accessible.
The Veterans Administration Mobile Vet Center Van and White River VA Out Reach for Veterans will be on site for duration of exhibit visit.
The Traveling Tribute is open 24 hours a day beginning at noon on Thursday, May 23 and concluding at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 27. There is no admission charge.
School groups are especially encouraged to attend on Thursday and Friday.