Thursday, June 18, 2009

Traveling Vietnam Memorial Passes Through Town

By Bill Donehey

UNCASVILLE - Yesterday at 6:30 p.m. the traveling Vietnam Memorial departed town hall and headed north on route 32, it's destination just seven miles away at the Howard T. Brown park near the Norwich marina.

The memorial traveled up Route 32 in a procession with military vehicles from every service, vintage cars carrying mayors from New London, Montville and Norwich, another carrying the oldest veteran members of VFW Post 594 and hundreds of motorcycles.

The privately owned traveling tribute features an 80 percent size replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall that stands 8 feet tall and 370 feet long. Along with the wall, the tribute includes memorial exhibits for American wars dating back to the Civil War.