Vietnam traveling wall to return to Corinth in ’12

CORINTH – The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall evoked such a response in September 2010 when it was first displayed in Corinth that another nonprofit group is planning for its return next year.
Veterans and Family Honors Inc., a charity that provides military honors at the funerals and memorial services of deceased service members, is working to raise about $13,000 by June 2012, when the exhibit is scheduled to return.
“We have permission again to use North Corinth Baptist Church’s “Hallelujah Hill” as the site to set up,” said Tom Chartres, chairman of the planning group. “The last exposition drew about 11,000 people to Corinth.”
To launch fundraising, Chartres said the Corinth Area Convention and Visitors Bureau donated $1,000 as a deposit to secure the exhibit dates of June 21-25, 2012.
The Hampton Inn also has pledged accommodations for the crew that brings the exhibit.
“Although 2012 is a political year, during the time the Wall is on the property it is hallowed ground, so no political activity or vending will be allowed other than sale of memorabilia that accompanies the Wall,” Chartres said.
There are three scale model Traveling Memorial Walls displayed in different cities around the country throughout the year. The three-fifths scale model visiting Corinth is a project of the nonprofit Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard County (Fla.), and measures 6 feet tall at the center and about 300 feet end-to-end, roughly the size of a football field.
The replica wall is inscribed with the names of the more than 58,000 who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, and directories and assistants will be on site to help visitors with names they want to find.
“There will be security on site round-the-clock once the exhibit is open,” Chartres said, “provided by Vietnam Veterans and Legacy Motorcycles, so anyone entering the site will know Vietnam veterans and their descendants are watching out for them.”

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@journalinc.com.

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