SPOKANE, Wash. -- The traveling Vietnam Wall arrived in Spokane and was being assembled Thursday morning. The memorial would be opened to the public starting at noon.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute planned to put the wall on display through Sunday on top of Greenwood Memorial Terrace Cemetery.
Those who helped bring the wall to Spokane say they hope the community realizes what a rare opportunity this is.
“We would just like to get as many people out here as possible to see this,” said Denny York, Fairmount Memorial Association President and CEO. “This is really something to see.”
The traveling wall is 360 feet long, which is only 20 percent smaller than the actual Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. It is the largest reproduction of the monument and carries the names of all 58,261 service members who died in the Vietnam War, including 84 from Spokane.
The names of the fallen Spokane area veterans will be read each day starting at 1 p.m. along with a ringing of a replica cast of the Liberty Bell.
Patriot Guard Riders Captain Jack Allison spoke to the importance of a display like the wall.
“[It’s] for the Vietnam veterans - for every veteran,” Allison said. “But especially for the Vietnam veterans. They need this.”
A laptop with a database as well as two hard copy wall books will be available to assist in locating names on the Wall.
Visiting the memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours each day. Free shuttle buses were scheduled to take people to and from the wall starting at noon Thursday. The buses continue at 9 a.m. each day.