Traveling Tribute Wall visits Grand Island

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Memorial Day remembers those who have fallen while serving in the Armed Forces. This weekend is particularly special for Grand Island, as an American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall is in town through Memorial Day. It will be at the United Veterans Club on the North end of Town, along with 372 American flags, a 40-year tradition to honor fallen Nebraskan Veterans.

Jay Vavricek helped organize the memorial and says that Grand Island is a community which has always recognized the honor and valor of our veterans. "Those that we're honoring here on the Vietnam Wall, those 58-thousand. Seven from Hall County, Three hundred eighty-eight from Nebraska. It's important to remember their service and their sacrifice, and that's what's important. But it's also a time to heal, and honor each veteran's service."

Thursday evening had an opening ceremony with many community leaders speaking in recognition of the history of Vietnam veterans. And there will be a closing ceremony on Memorial Day starting at 11am, followed by the Club's regular Memorial Day program. Governor Pete Ricketts will be speaking, and Deb Fischer will also be present.

The wall will be guarded 24 hours each day, and visitors are welcome to come at any time as well. The memorial will close at 3pm Monday.