OGDEN The Wall That Heals, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C, will be in Ogden June 12-15 as part of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1481's annual Old Gloryous program, conducted in partnership with Ogden's Newgate Mall.
"Old Gloryous focuses on rededication, renewal and reaffirmation of our loyalty and allegiance to the American Flag Old Glory," said program chairman Dennis Howland. "It is designed to provide an atmosphere of Americanism and patriotism throughout the community through our love of this great banner of freedom."
Located at the Newgate Mall, 36th Street and Wall Avenue, the exhibition will feature the 250-foot-long memorial replica as well as an information center and traveling museum displaying memorabilia left at the wall in Washington, D.C. The public is invited to assist in reading names from the wall beginning each day at 2 p.m.
Scheduled activities include a motorcycle escort of the trucks carrying the replica through Weber Canyon on June 10. All riders are welcome. Opening ceremonies June 12 at 7 p.m. include a POW/MIA ceremony and a medals ceremony for nearly four dozen World War II vets.
On June 13, "A Patriotic Vocal Concert of Americanism" at 6 p.m. will be followed by a 7 p.m. concert by Utah's 23rd Army Band.
On June 14 there will be a flag-retirement ceremony at 5 p.m. for at least 1,000 American flags. People can leave flags for retirement ahead of time at VFW Post 1481, 907 W. 12th St.
On June 15, a 4 p.m. memorial service will include the Fallen Soldier ceremony.
Additional patriotic music and flag ceremonies are planned. Raising of the colors will take place each morning at 8 a.m. and lowering of the colors at sunset each day.
The VFW post is still seeking sponsors to help pay the cost of bringing the exhibit to Ogden.
For information or to make donations, call Howland at 801-389-1893, Doug Larsen at 801-391-5932, Steve Edmison at 801-388-4465 or Robin Wade at 801-621-1162.