AMERICUS, Ga. (Sept. 11, 2012)—For the second consecutive year, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will make a stop at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) in honor of National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day. The GSW campus will serve as the Wall’s site from Thursday, Sept. 20 through Saturday, Sept. 22. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is Friday, Sept. 21.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is a three-fifths scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. and is nearly 300 feet in length. The “Some Gave All Wall” will be in place for viewing as well in the GSW Storm Dome. This wall displays all service men and women that have fallen in the line of duty from Sept. 11, 2001 to present day.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is open for public viewing 24 hours a day Sept. 20-22.
Night image of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall
The Traveling Wall is making its stop at GSW by way of Rolling Thunder’s annual event, “The Ride Home.” “The Ride Home” features ceremonies to remember military service members still listed as Missing in Action, to honor former POWs, and a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Andersonville National Cemetery.
The featured events during the “The Ride Home” 2012 weekend are listed here:
• Vietnam Memorial Travelling Wall escort to GSW – 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 20
• MIA Wreath Laying Ceremony, Andersonville National Cemetery – 8:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21
• Former POW escort to GSW – 4:15 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21
• MIA Service – “Keeping the Promise, We Will Not Forget,” GSW Storm Dome – 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21
• Candlelight Service, GSW Storm Dome – 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21
• Recognition Service, GSW Storm Dome – 12:15 p.m., Saturday Sept. 22
Also, in recognition of National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2012, the Andersonville National Historic Site, the Friends of Andersonville, and Georgia Southwestern are hosting the 2012 National POW/MIA Convocation at 11 a.m. Sept. 19 in GSW’s Jackson Performance Hall. Former POW Bill Arcuri is the featured Speaker. Arcuri’s aircraft was shot down over Hanoi, North Vietnam on Dec. 20, 1972. He was captured and held captive by the Vietnamese Army until Feb. 12, 1973.
The “The Ride Home” was founded by members of Rolling Thunder from Florida and Georgia. For more information regarding the “The Ride Home” 2012 and for a complete schedule of weekend events, go to www.theridehome.com.
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