Vietnam Traveling Memorial walll to be displayed at Bob Evans Farm

Staff Report

June 13, 2014

RIO GRANDE — The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is comig to Bob Evans Farm as a highlight to Gallia County’s July 4 activities.

Hosted by the the Galia County Chapter 709 of the Vietnam Veterans of America and Bob Evans Farms, the exhibit will be displayed at the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande on July 3-6. It will be open to the public 24 hours a day and the admission is free.

This exhibition features a 3/5-scale replica of the original V-shaped Vietnam Veterans Memorial National Monument in Washington, D.C. The traveling wall is 6 feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end.

“Bob Evans Farms is proud to honor not only Vietnam veterans, but all veterans and first responders through this display,” Ray McKinniss, farm manager, said. “This traveling memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War, and it allows those who might not be able to visit the original Washington, D.C., memorial to enjoy a similar experience here in Ohio.”

Hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to join local law enforcement agencies July 1 in escorting the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall from Butler Landing (near mile marker 8, between Crown City and Gallipolis on Ohio 7 — approximately 11 miles south of Gallipolis — through the city of Gallipolis and village of Rio Grande to Bob Evans Farm. All motorcyclists interested in joining the procession should arrive at Butler Landing by 1 p.m. The procession will begin at 2 p.m.

In addition to the Traveling Memorial, visitors can view John Hosier Jr.’s “Through the Eyes” exhibit. This Vietnam-era display is designed to honor the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the Vietnam War. The exhibit presents both the images of military personnel as well as the items they carried and used during the time in the country. The exhibit has traveled to more than 300 cities and towns across the United States, visiting 46 states so far.

The opening ceremony to “Honor Our Heroes” will take place at 6 p.m. July 3. Closing ceremonies will begin at 6 p.m. July 6.

For more information or directions, call (740) 245-5305 or (800) 994-3276.