Veterans and active members of America’s armed services travel great distances and make great sacrifices to preserve and protect freedom and liberty, how far will you travel to honor their contribution?
An escort of motorcycles from Clarke County and the surrounding area will meet at the intersection of Hwy 69 and I-35 east of Lamoni on September 25th at 4:30pm, lining up at the south side of the parking lot for a 5:30pm departure to Lakeside Hotel & Casino.
“Lakeside is proud to support our veterans and we are honored to host the American Veteran Traveling Wall Tribute in partnership with the Clarke County American Legion Chapters,” said David Monroe, VP & General Manager for Lakeside Hotel & Casino. “We invite all veterans across the State of Iowa and surrounding States, their families and friends, as well as those patriotic Americans to Osceola for this special viewing opportunity,” said Monroe.
“The American Legion Posts of Clarke County are pleased to be able to bring the American Veteran Traveling Tribute to Osceola,” said Eric Barr, Commander of the Osceola Post #69. “For those veterans who have been able to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., viewing the wall is a powerful and emotional experience. The AVTT replica of this wall is also such an experience, and will be freely accessible for Iowan veterans who are unable to travel to D.C.”
The mission of the project is to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember the 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 to do so.
The AVTT presents the AVTT Traveling Wall, 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 Traveling Wall was completed in early 1998 and began traveling that year. AVTT’s Traveling Wall is the largest Wall replica traveling the USA and is not to be confused with several other replica Walls; The Moving Wall, The Dignity Wall, the Wall That Heals. These replica Walls do a fine job, and we are all on a mutual mission.
Remembering, educating, and respect are the main focuses of AVTT. Honoring our nation’s heroes one community at a time.