Colorado State University - Pueblo to host Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall next week
PUEBLO – In conjunction with Homecoming activities at Colorado State University-Pueblo next week, 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.
A law enforcement/motorcycle escort to the campus, opening and closing ceremonies, a tribute to women veterans, as well as an outdoor concert by the U.S. Air Force Band will be held in association with the exhibit. All day viewing of the wall will be available on Thursday through Sunday (Sept. 30-Oct. 3) on the grass to the east of the Hasan Amphitheatre with a variety of ceremonies and live performances scheduled throughout the tour.
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.
From 11-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, the traveling exhibit will be escorted to the campus by Pueblo Police and Pueblo County Sheriff’s representatives. The wall will travel on I-25 to the Highway 50 East exit, then down Bonforte Blvd. to the west side of the CSU-Pueblo campus, where set up of the wall will begin. Individuals will be able to view the escort from the Belmont Shopping Center or on Bonforte Blvd beginning at 11:10 a.m.
At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, the CSU-Pueblo Chicano Studies program will present Un Noche Por Los Veteranos, an event honoring the contributions of Latino veterans and including a discussion of the University Archives current oral history project. Event is open to the community
Twenty-four hour viewing of the memorial will be available on Thursday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 3 with handicapped parking, restrooms, and refreshments available to exhibit visitors. The opening ceremony featuring County Commissioner Jeff Chostner and CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
On Friday, CSU-Pueblo Women’s Studies program will host a special Women in the Military program from 2-4 p.m. in advance of a special concert by the United States Air Force Falconaires Academy Band. This presentation will honor present-day women veterans and the sacrifices they made and continue to make in order to serve their country. Four guest speakers will share their experiences as women in the military.
Friday evening’s activities begin with a ceremony at 6 p.m. with music to follow at 7:30 p.m. Exhibit and concert attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets as seating will not be available.The concert will be performed by the professional Airmen-musicians in the Falconaires Big Band, who follow in a long blue line of talented Air Force Academy bandsmen who are dedicated to serving our great nation and who represent the young men and women at the academy training to be officers of character who will lead our Air Force.
The closing ceremony and candlelight vigil will begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3. At this time, the names of individuals who are on the wall from our region will be read. Families and friends are encouraged to come honor their loved ones.
Among the exhibits that will be included in the four-day event are:
Helicopter War Museum: The Rocky Mountain Chapter of Vietnam Helicopter Pilots is a non-profit veteran’s organization of helicopter pilots who flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era.
The Historic UH-1 Helicopter Gunship: This “Huey” flew in combat missions in Vietnam for three years and will be on display Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2 only. The helicopter stands 14 feet high and is 48 feet long.
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. –more--
For more information on the exhibit or events, contact the Office of Student Activities at 719-549-2975.