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View the Traveling Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall

The replica will be on display Nov. 9 to 12 in Portland


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A visitor reflects on the thousands of names at the Traveling Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall. The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, a three-quarter-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be open for public viewing Nov. 9 to 12 at Skyline Memorial Gardens, 4101 NW Skyline Blvd., in Portland.

The exhibit is free and open to the public 24-hours a day.

The replica is eight feet high and 240 feet long. Its black, reflective surface is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and women who died or went missing in Vietnam.

Paper and pencils will be provided so visitors can make rubbings of names etched on the wall. To date, the replica has traveled to more than 200 cities across the country and has been visited by millions of Americans.

“The monument was created as a service to those who might never travel to the nation’s capital to experience the Vietnam Veterans Memorial firsthand,” said JC Aubry, area director for Dignity Memorial providers in Portland. “Our replica offers visitors a chance for healing and reflections, and we are very pleased to be able to share it with the community one last time in Oregon before the traveling Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall wraps up its final tour in 2013.”

Activities and ceremonies planned in conjunction with the exhibition include:

• Visits to the exhibit today (Nov. 8) will be restricted to pre-registered school programs. Schools are invited to schedule a time to bring their classes to see the exhibit. Contact Natasha at 503-292-6611 for your school to participate.

The opening ceremony will take place on Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will feature remarks by Major General Rees.

• Visitors are invited to experience Starlight and Stripes — a tribute to MIAs and POWs — on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.

• The Ross Hollywood Chapel Veterans Parade will take place on Nov. 12 at 9:45 a.m. For more information, visit veteransdaypdx.org.

• The closing ceremony will take place on Nov. 12 from 2 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 503-292-6611 or visit dmvietnamwall.com/portland.



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