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Vietnam Traveling Wall Coming to the Museum of the Kansas National Guard in Topeka



May 14, 2014
Veterans and active members of America's armed services travel great distances and make great sacrifices to preserve and protect freedom and liberty.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Vietnam Traveling Wall will visit the Museum of the Kansas National Guard at Forbes Field/Topeka Regional Airport, Topeka, Kansas from 12 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. American Legion and Patriot Guard riders will escort the wall to the museum in the afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The Traveling Wall is an 80 percent scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. Across its 360-foot length, the wall contains every single name etched on the original. At its apex, the memorial is an impressive eight feet tall. The replica wall began traveling in early 1998 right after its completion. Over 60,000 people visited a similar Traveling Wall when it came to Topeka in 1997.

The mission of the project is to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember men and women who served, and to pay specific tribute to those who gave all in that service. Since the tribute is mobile, it allows people to honor and respect veterans and active military personnel without having to travel great distances.

The Museum of the Kansas National Guard is working with many veterans and civic groups to plan this visit and will release more information as it becomes available. Partners include Chapter 604 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Topeka American Legion Posts, VFW Post 1650, the Marine Corps League, the Kaw Valley Chapter of the Military Officer Association, the Association of the U. S. Army, and others.

The mission of the museum is to preserve the heritage of the Kansas National Guard and honor the memories of the Soldiers and Airmen who, for over 150 years, have served Kansas and the United States whenever called. The museum is located at 6700 S.W. Topeka Blvd., the main entrance to Forbes Field/Topeka Regional Airport, Topeka, Kansas.

To learn more about the Traveling Wall and the Museum of the Kansas National Guard, visit www.avtt.org and www.kansasguardmuseum.org

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