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Traveling Vietnam Wall & 1000 Flag Memorials Will Visit Newport

These Memorials are actually sanctuaries.

Traveling Vietnam Wall
A real tribute to those who have served in the military will visit the Oregon coast this May.

(SALEM, Ore.) - A place for Hope and Healing for many Veterans, Families and Friends. The 1000 Flags will be on display by 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 26th in Newport Oregon, at the Newport Facilities in South Beach.

Organizers say there will also be a special Flag Presentation at 5:30 p.m. and an Honorable Service Medal presentation at 6:00 p.m. Families with flags being dedicated to a loved one will be escorted by a military member from the USANG and a person from the USCG, Yaquina Bay Station.

Tuesday April 27th there will also be another special Flag presentation at 5:30pm and another scheduled Honorable Service medal Presentation. Families with flags dedicated to a loved one will be escorted by a person from the USANG and a person from the USCG, Yaquina Bay Station.

• Forms for the Honorable service medal may be obtained at The Newport Chamber Office.

• The Oregon Vet Center has been requested to bring their vehicle to help Veterans.

Wednesday April 28th at 4:30 p.m. (weather permitting) There will be a Yaquina Bay Bridge walk over the bridge with each person carrying an American Flag. We will be awaiting the Vietnam Traveling Wall Truck escorted by various motorcyle organizations. As a courtesy, the 1000 Flag Vechile may also be attending. Also, the USCG has been requested for a FLYOVER at 4:30 p.m.

The walk will end at The Rogue Nation Warehouse. The Rogue Nation will be sponsoring a spaghetti feed to help with the two memorials.

Thursday April 29th at 1:00 p.m. – The Vietnam Wall will be ready for visitations.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 5:30 p.m. conducted by The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. All Veterans are asked to follow the Siletz Honor Guard for The Grand Entry.

The Siletz Tribe are the main sponsors, along with the Port of Newport-NOAA, The Vietnam Veterans of America and the Oregon State Council. Everyone is invited; please bring all of your friends for this day of paying tribute to ALL of our Veterans.

Friday April 30th.... 5:00 p.m. - There will be an AVTT presentation about the Traveling Wall and Jim Willis – The Oregon Director of Veterans Affairs, will be our keynote speaker. He also has the freedom to speak at any given day.

Friday April 30th.... 8:50 p.m. – The Vietnam Veterans of America, Oregon State Council will bring in the Colors just prior to The Reading of The Names. These are the names of all the Oregonians who lost their lives in Vietnam. The invocation will be by Reverend Taylor. For the past 22 years this has been broadcast live by KNPT.

Saturday May 1st at 12 noon is – The Loyalty Days Parade.... It starts at the north end of town by Safeway.

Saturday May 1st at 4:00 p.m. - The Oregon Coast Association and The American Legion Riders - will do a Ride by The Wall. Other Vet Riders are asked to call Tony Molina at 541-444-2828.

Sunday May 2nd at 12 Noon - both memorials will be closed by a small ceremony and TAPS! Organizers need a person to play taps, if you can help please contact Tony Molina at the number listed above.

IMPORTANT: The group will need all the volunteers possible to help Roll up the 1000 Flags at 2:00 p.m. before the coastal dew gets them wet.

*Some of these times and events may change because of inclement weather or unexpected circumstances.

Here is the link to last year's report: Jul-25-2009: Traveling Wall and Field of Flags Mini-Documentary (VIDEO) Tim King

Here is our special extended report on last year's event in Albany, Oregon:


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