"The Wall" Returning To Cripple Creek

TheWall19-3-640Despite funding difficulties, organizers of the Salute To American Veterans Rally in Cripple Creek, Colorado, have managed to secure the return of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute - AKA “The Wall”- to the mountain burg of Cripple Creek during the 27th annual Veterans event.

The WALL is scheduled for its annual appearance August 15-18, 2019.

Cuts to the rally budget by the City of Cripple Creek have forced some serious belt-tightening in an already slim budget. With the loss of the $10,000 earmarked for the Wall, there was a suggestion that bringing the traveling Vietnam War Memorial to town for the week could be cut from the program. The idea was a non-starter for organizers and the rally Board of Directors.

Several supporting organizations have stepped up to try and help fill the financial deficit left by the City of Cripple Creek’s budget cuts.

“We believe that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Traveling Wall is a very important component of the rally, and we have no intention of omitting it,” said rally committee Co-chairman Stu Sacks. “We are eternally grateful to those who have stepped up to help us keep “The Wall” at the rally in 2019.”

The sponsoring organizations making the visit of “The Wall” possible are the Newmont Mining Corporation (owners of the Cripple Creek and Victor gold mine), Tom Metier of Law Tigers, Fransen Pittman General Contractors, O’Brien Concrete Pumping, Mile High Harley-Davidson, Russ Brown Attorneys, the Phil Long Dealerships, Delong Ranches, Grand Prix Motorsports, Foothills BMW and Century Casino. “The generosity and support from these official sponsors is why we have the WALL back this year” said Rally founder and organizer Pam Wear. “The love and respect that these individuals and companies have for our Veterans and our community speaks to their integrity and patriotism.” Wear added, “We are humbled and honored to have their support and trust.”

The traveling Vietnam Memorial will be on display each day of the Salute to American Veterans Rally. It will be open 24 hours daily, providing the opportunity for everyone to experience a little of “The Wall.”

“I think Cripple Creek, and this rally, is a fitting place for The Wall,” opined Wear. “The atmosphere that comes with The Wall fits in perfectly with what we do, and the atmosphere that has grown in Cripple Creek during the rally.”

The Wall will be set up at Cripple Creek High School athletic field again this year. At 480 feet long, The Wall is an 80% sized replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. Like in DC, The Wall evokes emotions and promotes healing for many. In the past, the AVTT group has also set up a dog tag display commemorating all soldiers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. The combined display creates a generational bridge, with each display lending context and impact to the other. Whether the dog tag display will be included this year is still to be determined.

Several tributes and ceremonies are planned at the traveling memorial. In addition, visitors to the WALL will be provided materials to “rub” the desired names on a commemorative paper as a keepsake free of charge.

2018 marks the 26th anniversary of the Rally, and the 12th consecutive year for the appearance of the WALL at the Veterans event.


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.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 July 2019 09:08