Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall replica coming to Mesquite

MESQUITE, Nev.The Cost of Freedom Tribute, an 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., will be on display at the Recreation Center in Mesquite, Nev., beginning with the opening ceremony Thursday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. until the closing ceremony Sunday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.

The Wall will arrive in Mesquite on Oct. 23, with a motorcycle escort that will gather at Mile 75 of Interstate 15 in Nevada at 3 p.m. and exit at mile 122 where additional vehicles will join the escort at approximately 3:45 p.m. The first 200 motorcycle riders who sign up will receive a souvenir event’s vest pin sponsored by Zion Harley-Davidson in Washington, Utah – visit www.vvamesquite.com to sign up.

Col. Barry R. Cornish, Commander, 99th Air Base Wing, Nellis Air Force Base, will be the keynote speaker for the Vietnam Veterans Honors Breakfast Oct. 26 at 8 a.m. n the Aquarium Room of the Eureka Casino Resort.

Col. Cornish is the Installation Commander for Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base and the 2.9 million-acre Nevada Test and Training Range. He is responsible for threegroups and 14 squadrons providing installation support for operational testing, tactics development, and advanced training in Air, Space and Cyberspace as well as global Remotely Piloted Aircraft operations.

Other activities surrounding the Wall include a traditional Paiute blessing Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., and a Service of Reconciliation Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. Mesquite Recreation Center is located at 100 West Old Mill Road.
The Cost of Freedom Tribute is co-sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America, Mesquite Chapter 993 and the Eureka Community Initiative Foundation. The Wall is provided by American Veterans Traveling Tribute.

Event recap:

  • When: Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 24-27,
  • Where: Mesquite Recreation Center is located at 100 West Old Mill Road, Mesquite, Nev.
  • Admission: There is no charge for this event.

For more information, visit the website www.vvamesquite.com.

Ed. Due to a mistake in the original press release, this article originally read that there was a $20 price for admission. This is not the case; admission to visit the wall is free.

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4 Comments

  • Dan Lester October 8, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    So it is going to cost twenty bucks to just SEE the wall if you don’t want to go to any meals, speeches, etc? If so, no thanks, as have been to the real thing.

    And is 80% meaning it is 80 percent as tall/long, or isn’t complete with all names, or??

  • DoubleTap October 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    As a Vietnam vet, I am offended that I would have to pay $20.00 to see this “replica of a memorial”.
    Didn’t I pay enough already??

  • Cheryl Reynolds Carpenter October 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    My fiance, Craig Dickason is the vice-president of the Vietnam Veterans in Mesquite. We apologize for the misprint regarding admission to this event. There is NO CHARGE to this event or any of the festivities planned at the recreation center where the wall is located. The $20 is to cover the cost of the buffet breakfast and keynote speaker for the Honor’s Breakfast on Saturday held in conjunction with this event. Visitation to the memorial as well as Thursday’s, Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s events at the park where the memorial is located is open to the public at no charge. Everyone who is interested is more than welcome to come and enjoy this event. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Cheryl Reynolds Carpenter October 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    The Wall is open 24/7 with guards on duty. The wall and field will be lit for viewing at night.

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