FAIR OAKS–The Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall, a three-quarter-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open for public viewing May 24-27 at Mount Vernon Memorial Park and Mortuary, 8201 Greenback Lane in Fair Oaks, Ca. For more information, please visit www.DMVietnamWall.com/Sacramento or call 916-969-1251.
Free and open to the public 24 hours a day from Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, the replica is eight feet high and 240 feet long. Its black, reflective surface is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and women who died or are missing in Vietnam. Paper and pencils will be provided so visitors can make rubbings of names etched on the wall. Volunteers will be on hand to assist in finding names on the Wall, leaving memorabilia and educating visitors about the history surrounding the Wall.
“The monument was created as a service to those who might never travel to the nation’s capital to experience the Vietnam Veterans Memorial firsthand,” said Marc Johnson, manager of the Sacramento-area Dignity Memorial providers. “Our replica offers visitors a chance for healing and reflections, and we are very pleased to be able to share it with the community.”
Activities and ceremonies planned in conjunction with the exhibition include the following:
• On Wednesday, May 22, riders from the American Legion in Citrus Heights, the Patriot Guards, California Highway Patrol, Valley Motor Escorts and members from local motorcycle clubs will stage at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon, and plan to leave at 10 a.m. to escort the replica to Mount Vernon Memorial Park and Mortuary. Setup and construction of the Wall will commence upon its arrival.
• Visits to the Wall on Thursday, May 23 will be restricted to school programs and designated groups.
• The Opening Ceremony, featuring speakers and dignitaries, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, when the Wall officially opens to the public.
• The Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27 followed by the Closing Ceremony and the official closing of the Wall at 8:00 p.m.
• Thursday, May 23 – Monday, May 27, booths will be set up offering merchandise and mementos.
• On Tuesday, May 28, the Wall will be deconstructed, loaded onto the truck and depart Fair Oaks.
For more information on the activities and ceremonies planned in conjunction with the exhibition, please visit www.DMVietnamWall.com/Sacramento.
After Fair Oaks, the exhibit will be on display at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Ga.
Dedicated to all Americans who served in Vietnam and honoring all veterans of the U.S. military, the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall was created by the Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers in 1990. To date, the replica has traveled to more than 200 cities across the country and has been visited by millions of Americans.
“Dignity Memorial providers consider it an honor to serve those who served our country,” Johnson said. “The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall is just one of many efforts of the Dignity Memorial network to honor and support our nation’s veterans and active military personnel.” Other initiatives and programs include the Veterans Planning Guide, the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, educational veterans seminars and special pricing and benefits for members of three veterans service organizations.