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August 14, 2013

Traveling Vietnam Wall has full slate of events

Activities begin Thursday morning and last through Sunday at Clarksville Town Hall

CLARKSVILLE — A wide array of events will kick off Thursday and run through Sunday at the Traveling Vietnam Wall in front of the Clarksville Town Hall on Veterans Parkway.

Thursday:

11 a.m. — Torch run/walk to light the John F. Kennedy eternal flame

Noon — Exhibits open for viewing (they will remain open 24 hours a day until Sunday’s closing ceremonies)

Noon to 10 p.m.— Changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier

1 p.m. — Posting of colors presented by Floyd Central High School Navy Junior ROTC

5:50 p.m. — Blessing of the wall by David Johnson from Sellersburg’s Church of Christ

6 p.m. — Speaker Gary Roedemeier, a Vietnam veteran and former anchor for WHAS-TV in Louisville

6:15 p.m. — Speaker Brigadier Gen. Michael J. Dornbush, director of Joint Staff for the Kentucky National Guard

Friday:

7:30 a.m. — Reveille and posting of colors

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier

1 p.m. — Field of honor memorial, Arlington funeral with a horse drawn carriage and a 21-gun salute

2 p.m. — Memorial honoring two World War II Southern Indiana men with a wreath laying

6 p.m. — Opening ceremony and posting of colors by the New Albany High School Navy Junior ROTC, national anthem by John Moss, invocation and pledge of allegiance by First Southern Baptist Church in Clarksville

7 p.m. — Field of honor memorial, Arlington funeral with a horse drawn carriage and a 21-gun salute

8 p.m. — Keynote speaker John Bubala, veteran and American Legion member, “America the Beautiful” and benediction by the Colgate Baptist Church in Clarksville, Taps and retrieval of colors

Saturday:

7:30 a.m. — Reveille and posting of colors, National Anthem

9 a.m. — 9/11 tribute with a wreath laying presented by local police and fire departments, pledge of allegiance presented by Michael Petty

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier

11 a.m. — Entertainment

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Free veterans luncheon at the Vietnam Memorial wall, limited to 150 veterans and supporters. Reservations required, call 812-786-5617 or email indianastv@yahoo.com

1 p.m. — Field of honor memorial, Arlington funeral with a horse drawn carriage and a 21-gun salute, wreath-laying for gold star mothers, World War II and the Korean War.

2:30 p.m. — Keynote speaker Brad Ellsworth, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana - North, “America the Beautiful”

3 p.m. — Speaker Tom Galligan, former mayor of Jeffersonville

3:30 p.m. — Benediction by New Albany Pearl Baptist Church Reverend Bruce Farnsley

7 p.m. — Field of honor memorial, Arlington funeral with a horse drawn carriage and a 21-gun salute

Sunset — Taps and retrieval of colors by American Legion Post 355 and VFW 1427 joint color guard, candlelight vigil, evening prayer by New Albany Pearl Baptist Church Reverend Bruce Farnsley

Evening music

Sunday:

7:30 a.m. — Reveille and posting of colors by the George Rogers Clark Boy Scout Honor Guard crew 2010

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier

Noon — Wreath-laying for Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

1 p.m. — Field of honor memorial, Arlington funeral with a horse drawn carriage and a 21-gun salute, music by Graceland Baptist Church Choir

2 p.m. — Keynote speaker Bill Grimes, retired U.S. Army colonel

3 p.m. — Benediction by New Albany Pearl Baptist Church Reverend Bruce Farnsley, retrieval of colors by Floyd Central High School Navy Junior ROTC, closing ceremony with the Caparisoned horse performed by the Indiana National Guard

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