Vietnam Veterans Memorial ceremony rescheduled

Tim Armstrong reaches out to look for the name of Noah Smith on the the Moving Vietnam Wall Memorial, a half-sized replica of the original memorial in Washington, D.C., after it was set up at the Vintage Business Park on Tuesday. Armstrong served in the 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army with Smith and was injuried in the battle that killed Smith. Armstrong said, "He was a good kid, well, they all were." A wreath laying ceremony was delayed until 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall ceremony planned for today was pushed back until tomorrow.

The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday across from Safeway at Vintage Business Park, said Aaron Schroeder, one of the event’s coordinators.

The wall, which is half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., arrived in Juneau this morning around 6 a.m. aboard the ferry The M/V Kennicott, Schroeder said.

It was originally supposed to arrive in Juneau a day earlier, so more time was needed to set it up for the wreath-laying ceremony, Schroeder said.

The wall is making its way across the state and will remain in Juneau for about a week. It will stay until 10 a.m. on May 21, when it must leave for Haines.

The wall’s first stop was in Ketchikan, and it will later travel to Fairbanks, Wasilla, Anchorage and Ninilchik.

The replica wall travels to Alaska every couple of years, Schroeder said, and was last in Alaska in 2006. It also toured Alaska in 1984 and 1997.


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