Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell joins Veterans Services Agency Director Karl Rohde in urging schools and families to take advantage of an event that will make local sense of national history and will take students to see the Traveling Wall of Vietnam when it visits Carmel this month.
The Traveling Vietnam Wall will be on display at Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park beginning at noon on September 22n/a until 3:00 p.m. on September 25e and will be open for visits 24 hours a day.
“It’s a great educational opportunity,” County Executive Odell said. “Not only can students see a version of the Vietnam Wall without having to travel to DC, but they will have the chance to meet local Putnam County veterans who may have served in the war. This is a good example to show students how national history is also local history.
The Traveling Wall is an 80% replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. This tour will include the traveling American Tribute, an exhibit that showcases every war America has participated in from the Revolutionary War to the present day, and a half-life-size replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
This event is a collaboration between the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency and the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council (PCJVC). The PCJVC is a local not-for-profit veterans service organization.
“We believe this is an excellent opportunity for educational and community service,” Rohde wrote in a letter to school officials across the region. “We know it’s the start of the school year, but we hope you can give this gift to the students at your school.”
A motorcycle convoy will meet at the rest area on I-684 northbound in the Southeast at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 and escort The Traveling Wall to Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park. Motorcyclists are encouraged to participate.
Buses will be available to transport visitors to and from Putnam Plaza and the Putnam County Office Building to the park to view the wall. Buses will depart from the Tops Store in Putnam Plaza every hour from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. September 22-24. They will stop at the county office 10 minutes past the hour. Please see the Traveling Wall public transport timetable below for details.
The closing ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 25, which is Gold Star Mother’s Day, and will feature a concert by the Hudson Valley Council Band.