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Milwaukie parade to honor Vietnam service, Moving Memorial Wall

On Saturday, July 25, American Legion Post 180 and the Milwaukie Rotary Club will help organize the city of Milwaukie’s Honoring Military Service & Sacrifice Parade that coincides with the 50th Commemoration of the Moving Vietnam Memorial Wall.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Moving Wall visits Camden, Tenn., in 2011. The half-size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., will be displayed around the clock from about noon on Thursday, July 23, through 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at Milwaukie High School.

SUBMITTED - Coming to Milwaukie on Thursday, the mini-wall will have all the names as the Washington D.C. memorial. Local veterans often can't travel to the East Coast, however.Event visitors will be provided with information on name lookup through a computerized system, to make it easy to identify specific names. Rubbing materials also will be provided.

Grief counselors, drinking water, bathrooms, sitting areas, first-aid rooms and a snack bar will be available on site. Weapons and alcohol are prohibited at the event.

The four-day event will include an opening ceremony, the readings of casualty lists from different area regions, a recognition ceremony, and multiple musical presentations. Mayor Mark Gamba and Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard, former mayor of Milwaukie, will speak at the Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony, taking place around noon Saturday, July 25. All five city councilors and all five county commissioners are expected to attend.

The Rotary of Club of Milwaukie will be responsible for distributing barricades and cones to the staging area and along the parade route prior to the parade beginning at 8 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Center. The club will participate in the parade. All Rotarians and their families (spouses, children, scholarship winners, etc.) are encouraged to join the procession.

Those wishing to participate in the parade procession need to report to the staging area at 9 a.m. at the TriMet Park & Ride lot at Hanna Harvester Drive.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the TriMet Park & Ride lot, and it will conclude near Milwaukie High School at Southeast 27th Avenue.

More information regarding the Vietnam 50th Commemoration Partnership can be found at milwaukierotary.org/Stories/vietnam-memorial-wall-coming-to-milwaukie.

The event is part of Milwaukie and the Legion’s partnering with the Department of Defense Commemoration Program. More on that program and its goals can be found at vietnamwar50th.com. The Moving Wall has been exhibited throughout the country since 1984. More about this exhibit can be found at themovingwall.org.

Additional information, such as volunteer interest forms, parade participant application forms, and fliers or other promotional materials are available at milwaukieoregon.gov/citycouncil/vietnam-50th-commemoration-partnership. More information about the Legion can be found at alpost180.org.

Milwaukie and the Legion have committed to hosting at least two events each year around the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in 2015, 2016 and 2017. This event is the first.