By Tim Anderson
Courtesy of Southwest Scooter News
Ever since it was unveiled, the low, black wall that is the Vietnam War Memorial has been a powerful presence, having a profound effect on nearly everyone who visits it.
Some of that power will be in Cripple Creek August 15-17, 2014 when the AVTT Wall—or traveling Vietnam War Memorial—returns to the Salute to American Veterans Rally.
“We’re honored to bring the Traveling Wall back to Cripple Creek during the Vets Rally,” said promoter Jim Wear. “We had it at the rally a few years ago and set it up in Victor. As always, it got a lot of visitors. I think this rally in Cripple Creek is a fitting place to bring the wall. The atmosphere that comes with the wall fits in perfectly with what we do at the rally every year.”
The Wall will be set up at Cripple Creek High School on the athletic field. At 480 feet long, The Wall is an 80% sized replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. It is sure to dominate the area.
“By putting The Wall at the high school we’re hopeful more people will take the opportunity to visit it,” Wear said. “It’s close to the center of rally activities…it’s not too far to walk. If you’ve never seen the memorial, you should.
It’s a moving experience, especially if you’re old enough to remember that time, either as an adult or as a kid. We’ve seen people who weren’t even born during the Vietnam conflict come away from the wall in tears.
It affects everyone differently, but it affects everyone.”
Wear said bringing the Vietnam Memorial to the Vets Rally in Cripple Creek is especially important every year.
“2016 marks the 29th anniversary of the POW/MIA Recognition Ride, and it’s the 24th anniversary of the Veterans Rally,” he explained. “It’s a big year for both events, and we want to do everything we can to make the weekend even more special and meaningful.”
The Wall will be on display throughout the rally at the Cripple Creek High School Athletic Field.
For more information, call Pro Promotions at 719-487-8005.