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September 24, 2020, All Day @ 400 block of West Washington Street, just outside of East Peoria City Hall
The traveling memorial honoring those who gave their lives while serving in Vietnam will be in Central Illinois when the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is on display September 23-27 in East Peoria’s Levee Park in the 400 block of West Washington Street. The display will be open 24 hours a day and social distancing guidelines will be observed. Admission is free.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is a 3/5-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It stands 6 feet tall at the center and is almost 300 feet long. As of 2011, there are 58,272 names on the wall, the same as the Washington, D.C. wall.
An opening ceremony will occur at noon Wednesday, September 24. Featured will be posting of colors by the Tazewell Military Rites Team, the Star Spangled Banner performed by East Peoria violinist Elise Ahrens, Missing Man Table and Honors Ceremony conducted by the Pekin Junior ROTC, and remarks by Brig. Gen. Clayton Moushon and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Harold Arthur “Hal” Fritz.