The Michigan Vietnam Traveling Wall will be making its way into Holly on Friday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. This traveling wall is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., honoring the 2,600 service members of the U.S. Armed Forces from Michigan, who fought in the Vietnam War and died in service or were unaccounted for during the war.
The LZ (Landing Zone) Arielle Traveling Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum that includes weaponry from the war, medals, protest displays, exhibits from the South Vietnamese and more.
Both will be on display Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Karl Richter Community Center, 300 East St., Holly.
This event will be held at the same time as HollyDays, a community-wide celebration in the village of Holly.
The Patriot Guard, a group of organized patriotic citizens riding motorcycles, will provide an escort for the wall.
“Anyone who wants to be a part of the escort is asked to be at the Holiday Inn Express in Grand Blanc, exit 108, prior to 5:30 p.m. (Friday, Sept. 6),” said Joe Mishler, who has organized this visit through the Holly Area Veterans Resource Center. The HAVRC is sponsoring the event.
The traveling wall will be escorted from Holiday Inn Express in Grand Blanc, down North Holly Road to Maple Road with its final destination at the Karl Richter Community Center.
The wall will be under tents at the north end of the community center next to the tennis courts. There is no admission charge.
A special ceremony is being planned for Sunday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m., honoring those from Michigan who fought in the Vietnam War.