Southern Ohio Vietnam Veterans Tribute Begins at Chillicothe VA

The Southern Ohio Vietnam Veterans Tribute begins today at the Chillicothe VA. 


The tribute kicks off at 11:00 a.m. today and runs through this Sunday, September 23rd. It offers a Vietnam Exhibit in the VA Gymnasium and a display of military vehicles and artifacts in the parking lot of VA Stadium.


The tribute also features the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. 


Known as "The Wall That Heals", the Wall is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. It will be available to the public 24 hours per day. 


A complete schedule for The Southern Ohio Vietnam Veterans Tribute, can be found below.



Daily Displays from September 20 – 23, 2018

"Through the Eyes” Vietnam Exhibit – Gymnasium

Huey, Military Vehicles and artifacts display – Stadium Parking Lot

Rolling Thunder Chapter 5’s Ohio POW-MIA Vietnam Memorial Wall – Recreation Hall (Building 9)

Flags for Forgotten Soldiers display – Building 31


Thursday, September 20

11:00a       Event formally opens to the public

12:00p       Official Opening Ceremony – VA Memorial Stadium

12:45p       Wreath Laying Ceremony

1p – 4p      Bagpipes by Dan Kulhanek every half our

4:00p          Guitar Tribute by Jim Shannon – VA Memorial Stadium


Friday, September 21

Freedom Flight Exhibition - All Day Exhibit

1:00p  POW-MIA Recognition Ceremony – Building 9

           Missing Man Ceremony – Rolling Thunder, Ohio Chapter 5

8:00p  “In their Honor” Candle-Light Vigil and Moment of Silence – VA Memorial Stadium


Saturday, September 22

9:00am   Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting – Building 9

                Speakers: Agent Orange Exposure - Sandy Wilson, VVA Director at Large

               How to File for Benefits - Rob Wiss, Director, Auglaize County Veterans Service Commission

                Troubleshooting VA Disability Appeals Process for Denied Claims - VBA Representative

                 PTSD, Long-Term Impact and Getting Help - Tom Burke, VVA Regional 5 Director

1:00p        Daily Ceremony – VA Memorial Stadium

                 Keynote Speaker: Cliff Riley, Buckeye State Council President

                 Guest Speaker: SMSgt Renee L. Frey, Ohio Air National Guard

                 Gold Star Recognition Speaker: Catherine Beers-Conrad, Gold Star Daughter, USAF Veteran

                 Gold Star Mother: Velma Hamilton, son SPC Marcus James (Jim) Hamilton (KIA 27 Aug 1970)

4:00p        Rolling Thunder Ohio POW-MIA Vietnam Program – Building 9

6:00p        Flags for Forgotten Soldiers: Veteran Suicide Prevention and Awareness  – Building 31

                 Keynote Speaker: Jhan Corzine, Ross County Suicide Prevention Coalition

                 Guest Speaker: Howard Berry, Flags for Forgotten Soldiers

                 Special Remarks: Jeenee Hines, Suicide Prevention Case Manager, VA Medical Center

                 Musical Tribute: Aladdin Shrine Pipe and Drums


Sunday, September 23

10:00a       Sunday Service – Chapel, Building 252

2:00p         Closing Ceremony – VA Memorial Stadium

                  Guest Speaker: Col. Ron Sampson (ret.), US Air Force

                  Raffle Drawing: Shawn Carter

2:30p         Event Close   

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