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.
- 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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