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Traveling wall honors war dead

A replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will appear at Rock Crusher Canyon today through Monday.

[Times photo: Ron Thompson]
Volunteers at Rock Crusher Canyon's Ampitheater on Thursday put together a section of the Moving Wall, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001


CRYSTAL RIVER -- The Moving Wall or "Tribute Wall of Names," a 378-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be displayed at Rock Crusher Canyon's Amphitheater today through Monday.

The Citrus Sertoma Club is sponsoring the traveling wall's first appearance in Citrus County to commemorate Sertoma's National American Heritage Month.

Visitors also will be able to see the Veterans Museum featuring more than 50 oil paintings on the amphitheater stage. The world's largest POW-MIA banner will be displayed. Military and political dignitaries will take part in the weekend programs. A candlelight vigil will be at 6 p.m. Saturday.

More than 58,000 names of men and women who died during the Vietnam War are engraved in the wall. The Vietnam War was the longest war in which the United States took part, with U.S. involvement dating back to the late 1950s. The first U.S. ground troops were Marines sent in 1965. The last U.S. ground troops left in March 1973. The war ended in 1975 when South Vietnam surrendered.

A computer database and several dozen volunteers will help visitors find names. Counselors will be on site to offer emotional support to visitors.

Local veterans groups, as well as other Sertoma clubs in Citrus County, are involved in the project. Area school groups will attend the exhibit today.

Standing 8 feet high at the apex and spanning 378 feet, the replica travels to communities throughout the United States. Known as the Wall That Heals Traveling Museum and Information Center, the exhibit chronicles the Vietnam War and those who served in it.

Rock Crusher Canyon RV & Music Park is offering special rates to out-of-town guests who want to camp for the weekend. The park presents live national and regional entertainment, which includes a full buffet meal every Friday and Saturday night in the Garden Pavilion in the complex atop the amphitheater.

The weekend's entertainment includes oldies rock 'n' roll group the Diamonds tonight and the Mickey Finn Show on Saturday night. Call Rock Crusher Canyon at 795-1313 or check the Web site at http://www.rockcrushercanyon.com.

The Moving Wall events

TODAY: 8 a.m.: Presentation of the national colors by the Marine Corps League.

8:15 a.m.: Mounting of the guard by the Marine Corps League.

9 a.m.: Wall opens for public viewing. Changing of the guard to Citrus County Seabees.

10 a.m.: Changing of the guard to U.S. Coast Guard, Yankeetown.

11 a.m.: Changing of the guard to VFW Post 4337.

Noon: Changing of the guard to Citrus County National Guard.

1 p.m.: Changing of the guard to Fleet Reserve Association.

2 p.m.: Changing of the guard to VFW Post 8189.

3 p.m.: Changing of the guard to be announced.

4 p.m.: Changing of the guard to be announced.

5 p.m.: Changing of the guard to the Marine Corps League.

5:30 p.m.: Retreating of the colors by the Marine Corps League.

5:45 p.m.: Taps by Lyman Strickland.

SATURDAY: 8 a.m.: Presentation of the national colors by the Marine Corps League and mounting of the guard by the Marine Corps League.

9 a.m.: Wall opens for public viewing. Changing of the guard by Citrus County Seabees.

10 a.m.: Changing of the guard to U.S. Coast Guard, Yankeetown.

11 a.m.: Massing of the colors. Colors will be led in by bagpipers. Pledge of allegiance by American Legion Post 155 and the national anthem sung by the Lecanto Middle School chorus.

11 a.m.: Changing of the guard to VFW Post 4337.

Noon: Changing of the guard to Citrus County National Guard.

Noon: Guest speakers: U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman; state Rep. Nancy Argenziano; Crystal River Mayor Ron Kitchen; County Commissioners Jim Fowler, Vicki Phillips and Josh Wooten.

1 p.m.: Changing of the guard to Citrus County National Guard.

2 p.m.: Changing of the guard to John Elvinas, Navy SEAL and John Foster, USCG (retired).

3 p.m.: Invocation by the Rev. John Fischer, First Lutheran Church, Inverness. Vietnam veterans tribute poem by Kenneth G. Haling SR. Laying of wreaths (bagpipers Nick Segadi and Doug Meiklejohn will play Amazing Grace during the wreath laying).

3 p.m.: Changing of the guard to John Elvinas, Navy SEAL and John Foster, USCG (retired).

4 p.m.: Changing of the guard to John Elvinas, Navy SEAL and John Foster, USCG (retired).

5 p.m.: Changing of the guard to John Elvinas, Navy SEAL and John Foster, USCG (retired). Retreating of the colors by the Marine Corps League. Taps by Lyman Strickland.

SUNDAY: 8 a.m.: Presentation of the national colors by the Marine Corps League.

8:15 a.m.: Mounting of the guard by the Marine Corps League.

9 a.m.: Wall opens for public viewing. Changing of the guard to Citrus County National Guard.

10 a.m.: Changing of the guard to VFW Post 4252.

11 a.m.: Changing of the guard to VFW Post 4337.

Noon: Changing of the guard to Lecanto High ROTC.

1 p.m.: Changing of the guard to Lecanto High ROTC.

2 p.m.: Changing of the guard to Citrus County National Guard.

3 p.m.: Changing of the guard to Lecanto High ROTC.

3 p.m.: The Last Patrol, a 15-minute presentation.

4 p.m.: Changing of the guard to Lecanto High ROTC.

5 p.m.: Changing of the guard to the Marine Corps League.

5:30 p.m.: Retreating of the colors by the Marine Corps League.

5:45 p.m.: Taps by Lyman Strickland.

MONDAY: 8 a.m.: Presentation of the national colors by the Marine Corps League.

8:15 a.m.: Mounting of the guard by the Marine Corps League.

9 a.m.: Wall opens for public viewing. Changing of the guard to be announced.

10 a.m.: Changing of the guard to VFW Post 8189.

11 a.m.: Changing of the guard to VFW Post 4337.

Noon: Changing of the guard to Citrus High ROTC.

1 p.m.: Changing of the guard to Citrus High ROTC.

2 p.m.: Changing of the guard to Citrus High ROTC.

3 p.m.: Changing of the guard to Citrus High ROTC.

4 p.m.: Changing of the guard to U.S. Naval Sea Cadets.

5 p.m.: Changing of the guard to the Marine Corps League.

5 p.m.: Retreating of the colors by the Marine Corps League.

5 p.m.: Taps by Lyman Strickland or his designee.

6 p.m.: Wall exhibit closes.

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