Vietnam traveling wall coming to Topeka

The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall honoring Vietnam War veterans will be at Forbes Field/Topeka Regional Airport from 12 p.m. on Aug. 28 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Marion County service members honored include Robert Boese of Marion, Ronald Schultz of Hillsboro, Leonard Christeson of Durham, and Wesley Sidener of Burns.

The Traveling Wall is an 80-percent scale version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, District of Columbia. Across its 360-foot length, the wall contains every name etched on the original.

The replica wall began traveling in early 1998. Over 60,000 people visited a similar traveling wall when it came to Topeka in 1997.

The Traveling Wall will be open to the public 24-hours-a-day during its visit. Daily reveille and evening ceremonies will be held, with additional special events Aug. 30.

The exhibit will be at the Museum of the Kansas National Guard at Forbes Field/Topeka Regional Airport, 6700 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka.

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