Mementos left at the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall when it visits Lexington July 9-12 may end up in a collection displayed at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Visitors to the wall, an 80-percent scale model of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., are encouraged to leave photographs, flowers and other mementos in honor of loved ones. Staff of the Kentucky Historical Society will collect the mementos when the wall closes and determine which ones are most appropriate for potential display and collection. The traveling wall will be at the Kentucky Horse Park beginning at noon Thursday, July 9, and will stay open 24 hours a day through 3 p.m. Sunday, July 12. The opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Friday, July 10. “We are confident that the mementos Kentucky veterans, survivors, family and friends leave at the traveling wall will well represent the experiences of Kentuckians during the Vietnam War,” said Commissioner Heather French Henry of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. The wall’s visit to the Kentucky Horse Park is sponsored by KDVA, through a grant from the Kentucky Veterans Program Trust Fund. Visitors to the Traveling Wall will be able to enter the Horse Park and park free of charge. KDVA asks that everyone attending this special showing of the Memorial Wall respect the request of the Wall’s sponsors to not bring weapons when they visit. A total of 1,109 Kentuckians died in the Vietnam War. In addition to appearing on the traveling wall, their names are inscribed at the permanent memorial in Frankfort, where a shadow falls on each veteran’s name on the anniversary of death. There are approximately 118,000 Vietnam veterans living in Kentucky today.
Courtesy of KyForward