Colorado State University - Pueblo to host Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall this fall

Colorado State University - Pueblo to host Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall this fall

PUEBLO – In conjunction with Homecoming activities at Colorado State University-Pueblo this October, the University will host the American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT), including the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall as well as The Cost of Freedom Tribute displays. Volunteers and vendors are needed throughout the duration of the four-day event,
Sept. 30-Oct. 3. Sponsors, including in-kind donations (such as water stations, benches, musical acts, tents, golf carts, restrooms, food, and media) are being sought to help defray the costs of bringing such a monumental event to campus.

AVTT is a group of veteran owners who are committed to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember those who served as well as pay specific tribute to those who gave all. The display insures that those who cannot travel to Washington, D.C. have an opportunity to attend, respect, and remember.

The event is not government sponsored or affiliated and serves to provide that all who visit can share a common bond of experience and patriotic thanks.

Among the exhibits that will be included in the four-day event are:

Vietnam Memorial Wall:  This 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall stands 370-foot long and 8.5 feet high and includes 100 percent of the names on the original. Construction on the display began in 1997, with appearances throughout the United States commences in 1998.

The Cost of Freedom Memorial: A series of exhibits created in gold dog tags to record the names of those who gave their lives for our freedom since Vietnam, including those who served in Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

9/11 Memorials: An exhibit with illuminated twin towers that lists names by their location at the time of the tragedy.

Walk of Heroes: A series of exhibits that pay tribute and provide education about our country’s history as well as conflicts America entered to insure freedom.

Vietnam Remembered Art Display: A nationally acclaimed art display of original paintings and other pieces for viewing, education, and reflection.

Tribute Panel: Panels that allow participants to purchase a custom inscribed dog tag and personal message on the panel, which travels with the other exhibits.

World War II: Pictures and information to pay specific tribute to WWII veterans.

Korean War: Pictorial display of the men who fought the forgotten war along with battle maps and the war timeline.  

Set up on the wall will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 29 with opening ceremonies scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 30. All day viewing will be available on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2 with a variety of ceremonies and live performances scheduled throughout the day. A candle light vigil will be held on Oct. 2, while a morning church service will precede the closing ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 3.

Opportunities exist both to advertise in the event program (ranges from $600 full page to $100 business card) or to Thunderwrite a portion of the event from a $4000 Veterans Level sponsor to a $100 Private Level sponsor.

Food and non-food vendors will be allowed to show case their businesses and show support for servicemen and women and their families at a cost of $100 a day or $350 for the four-day permit. Non-profit organizations may obtain a booth for $50 per day. Individuals and organizations interested in being part of the event may call the Office of Student Activities at 719-549-2975.  

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.