Traveling Vietnam Wall on display in Geneseo

Lisa Depies

A smaller version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall is on display in Geneseo in August.

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute is an 80 percent scale version of the Washington, D.C. monument.

The wall was escorted to Geneseo by a 175-motorcycle procession.

It was set up on Aug. 8 by Geneseo High School football players on Pearl Street by the city park.

The wall's visit to Geneseo was officially launched with an opening ceremony on Aug 8. The ceremony included the laying of a POW/MIA wreath and a Gold Star Families wreath.

The wall will remain open for public viewing 24/7 until its departure at 3 p.m. on Aug. 11.

On Aug. 9, evening ceremonies will start at 6:30 p.m. with music provided by the Illinois Army National Guard 144th Army Band from Springfield. Food will be provided by the Geneseo Fire Department.

Aug. 10 will feature a "Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran" parade at 2 p.m. followed by a program in the park bandshell and a pork chop dinner. Vietnam veterans will receive a free lunch. All Vietnam veterans are invited to walk or ride in the parade and area businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate.

Pastor Ollie Adams of the Church of Christ in Geneseo will lead a service in the city park at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 11.

At 1 p.m. that day will be a special "celebrating the lives on the wall" ceremony.

The Geneseo High School Wrestling Boosters will serve food in the city park on Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A final walk and closing ceremonies will be at 2 p.m.

All events are open to the public.

For more information, contact Rhonda Borkgren at 714-1551, Heather Pierson at 945-3859 or Larry Hines at 944-2840.

For more photos of the Traveling Wall's visit to Geneseo, click here to visit the Geneseo Republic Facebook page.