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Oswego Vietnam Moving Wall
June 28, 2017 - July 3, 2017
The Wall will makes its way via procession on Thursday, June 29th passing through downtown Oswego’s Veterans Memorial. From there, it will travel up Washington Street to its home at Prairie Point Park on the corner of Plainfield and Wooley Roads. It will be ready for display around 1pm.
We’re humbled and honored that the Vietnam Moving Wall will visit Oswego from June 29 through July 3, 2017, and welcome the community as a whole to visit its home at Prairie Point Community Park to remember those who served their country.
Opening ceremonies will take place Friday morning, June 30th at 9:30am with an array of music and military décor. That evening will feature a flag retirement ceremony for old flags to be burned. The public can bring flags to be destroyed, drop them off at the Wall’s PrairieFest booth or hand them to volunteers during either the Memorial Day or PrairieFest parades.
On Saturday, July 1st at 1pm, the Gold Star & Blue Star Recognition Ceremony will commence. Gold Star Families represent lost family members and Blue Star Families represent current military members. At 6pm that evening, there will be a Quilts of Honor ceremony.
Attend a Sunday morning service on Sunday, July 2nd at 9:30am, with white carnations distributed to recognize fallen area heroes. A symbolic Dove release will also take place on the grounds.
And finally, on Monday, July 3rd at 6pm, closing ceremonies will commence followed by a final walk by veterans past the Wall. At dusk, a fireworks display will light the sky of Oswego thanking veterans everywhere for their service. All 58,282 names will have been read during the Wall’s stay.
Like the full-size memorial in Washington, DC, the Moving Wall bears the names of 58,000+ U.S. Servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. In addition to the three-fifths scale wall, the event will also feature military equipment on display and a healing field, a field of 2,017 American flags, which will be available for purchase.