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New York Mills preparing for Vietnam Memorial Wall

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The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall will be in New York Mills on Thursday, Sept. 10 at VFW Post 3289.

It will open to the public with a special ceremony at 11 a.m. From Sept. 10-13, there will be programs each day at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. with guest speakers, readings and music.

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On Thursday night at 7 p.m., the Wadena Area Concert Band will perform in the bandshell. All the events will be free and open to the public. The Wall will arrive in the area on Sept. 9. A motorcade escort will gather in Perham at the Pamida parking lot around 10 a.m. and then travel down U.S. Highway 10 until it reaches the New York Mills VFW just outside of New York Mills. Volunteer crews will work through the night to install the 80 percent replica (370 foot long and 8 ½ foot tall). Guards will be posted 24 hours a day and there will be many performances, presentations and speeches to honor veterans through the four-day event. The centerpiece of the exhibit commemorates the 58,253 American Military personnel (eight were women) who were direct casualties of the war, including about 1,300 who are still considered Missing in Action. In addition, the exhibit includes The Cost of Freedom Memorial, honoring those who gave their lives for our freedom since Vietnam, including present day Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as well as tributes to World War II veterans.

For more information, call (218) 385-3510 or (218) 346-7678 or visit www.ITOWmuseum.org where a complete schedule of events will be posted.

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