Event Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Vietnam War with Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall in Sedona, Arizona
Sedona, AZ: The City of Sedona served as host community to the 2016 Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event which featured a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., also referred to as the "Wall." The multi-day event, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, was held from March 30 to April 3, and began as hundreds of Vietnam veterans on motorcyles escorted the vehicle transporting the Wall to Posse Grounds Park in Sedona, Arizona.
Ceremonies at the event included a variety of celebrity speakers, including opening statements by the Mayor of Sedona, Sandy Moriarty.
The Wall is an 80% scale replica of the Vietnam War Memorial and honors the men and women who served in the controversial Vietnam War. The names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country are listed individually.
Contributing to the event's planning, Victoria Oldham of Gateway To Sedona (this publication) was honored with the task of designing the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day commemorative pin along with banners which hung on lampposts throughout Sedona prior to and during the event. All veterans attending the event received the commemorative pin.
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- Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Arrives Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall Arrives
- Vets Escort Traveling Wall Vets Escort Traveling Wall
- Vet Salutes at Arrival of Traveling Wall Vet Salutes at Arrival of Traveling Wall
- Vets Who Escorted Wall to Sedona Vets Who Escorted Wall to Sedona
- Combat Vets Association Arrives in Sedona Combat Vets Association Arrives in Sedona
- Sedona Mayor Opens WHVV Sedona Mayor Opens WHVV
- Ceremony at Traveling Wall Ceremony at Traveling Wall
- Vets Honor Those Who Lost Their Lives Vets Honor Those Who Lost Their Lives
- Ed Uzumeckis, Organizer of Event Ed Uzumeckis, Organizer of Event
- Shawn Perry, Actor, Speaking Shawn Perry, Actor, Speaking
- Reverend Larry Monteverde Reverend Larry Monteverde
- Purple Heart Vehicle in Sedona Purple Heart Vehicle in Sedona
- Reading the Names on the Wall Reading the Names on the Wall
- Veteran at the Vietnam Memorial Wall Veteran at the Vietnam Memorial Wall
- Commemorative Pin, WHVV Commemorative Pin, WHVV