The return of the Moving Wall will once again honor Vietnam era veterans as the Benton County Veterans Memorial Group requests volunteers for this event and extends an invitation to everyone to partake in this experience. The Moving Wall will be assembled at the Veterans Park site, located at the Benton County Industrial park, Camden, Oct. 31-Nov. 4. Viewing will be possible round-the-clock during those five days.
On Thursday Oct. 31, The Wall will have a motorcycle escort that will begin on Hwy. 641, that will go past Briarwood School, Camden Central High School, Camden Jr. High and Camden Elementary Schools, down Main Street to Industrial Park for assembly. The organizers want the students to be able to line up in front of their schools to acknowledge the arrival as the bell rings at 7:50am. The Camden High School Band, under the direction of James young, will perform several Vietnam era music selections from 12:30-1pm. The opening ceremony will begin at 1pm, where the band will also perform patriotic music. Miss Haley Flowers will sing the National Anthem. master of Ceremonies is a Vietnam Veteran and, also, a WWII POW will launch the opening for viewing. Both are local veterans.
On Saturday Nov. 2, there will be a Veterans Tribute Ceremony on the site at Veterans park. At 8am Rolling Thunder will lead the “Run to the Wall” into Camden from Union City, arriving at 9:30. the ceremony will begin at 10am, including a fomation flyover by TN1st Squadron Warbirds of America. Montana and MaKenzie Bawcum will perform The Traveling Soldier. The guest speaker will be Barry Rice, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient and President of the TN State Council, Viet Nam Veterans of America. A tribute to those killed in action (KIA) from Benton County will take place.
Visitation ends Monday Nov. 4 at noon. The closing ceremonies will end with flag retrieval and TAPS. The Wall will be dismantled and prepared for transport. the Moving Wall is a half sized replica of the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The Moving Wall has been touring the country for almost 30 years.