[AARA] Chennault Museum to host The Vietnam Traveling Wall

Carlos Ingram carlosing at hughes.net
Sat Sep 25 17:47:15 EDT 2010

Chennault Museum to host The Vietnam Traveling Wall

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is coming to the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe for viewing on Nov. 5, 6 and 7. 

The Wall, which memorializes the names of all fallen U.S. soldiers of the Vietnam War, will be set up on the Museum grounds at 701 Kansas Lane. It will be open for viewing 24-hours a day. 

Out of respect for the names on the Wall, security will be on duty at all times.

The Museum building will be open to the public between 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for self-tours. It features memorabilia from Gen. Claire Lee Chennault and his Flying Tigers, Delta Airlines, Selman Field Navigation Training School and World War I, World War II and Vietnam artifacts. There is no charge for the Memorial or the Museum.

Extra ground has been cleared surrounding the Museum for the massive memorial, which at 288-feet long, is 3/5 the size of the actual monument in Washington, D.C.

Schedule for the Wall and its arrival in Monroe is:

. Nov. 3: Motorcycle groups and state police will escort the Wall from Rayville into Monroe along I-20 East. 

. Nov. 4: The Wall will be erected and a documentary film on the Vietnam War will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Jack Howard Theater in Monroe. The feature-length film is produced by R-Squared Productions and features personal accounts of Vietnam veterans.

. Nov. 5: Opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. at the Museum. Special guests from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. will be students from area schools. 

. Nov. 6: Vietnam veterans and their families honored at a luncheon at 11 a.m. on Museum grounds, courtesy of the NE Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association

. Nov. 7: Closing ceremonies at 4 p.m. prior to taking down the Wall for its next stop in Ohio.

Joining the Museum in sponsoring the Wall are the City of Monroe, The News-Star, Monroe-West Monroe Visitors Convention Bureau, Louisiana Lottery, R-Squared Productions and the Sidney Wilhite Family.

The Museum welcomes volunteers to help throughout the three days. Please call 318-362-5540 for more information.

Friends of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum of LA

701 Kansas LN Monroe, LA 71203  Ph: 318-362-5540 Fax: 318-362-554
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