“The Wall That Heals,” a 250-foot, half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, arrived in Warrensburg at 10:45 Wednesday morning.

Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

The 18-wheeler carrying the “Wall” was accompanied by members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, as well as a couple hundred American Legion Riders. The exhibit, which includes the names of over 58,000 service members who died or remain missing in the Vietnam War, will be set up 24/7 on the west lawn of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library through Sunday afternoon.

At 6 p.m. Thursday in the Alumni Memorial Chapel, there will be a special memorial service commemorating the Vietnam War. It will honor those who served and their families, and recognize local veterans whose names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Col. Gary Gilmore, senior Army chaplain with the Missouri Army National Guard, will officiate.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday in Twomey Auditorium, in Wood Building 100 for an advance preview of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s documentary, “The Vietnam War,” as well as a panel discussion featuring local Vietnam War veterans and civilian workers, thanks to KMOS-TV, UCM’s public television.

The Veterans Stand-Down is planned for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the ballroom of the Elliott Student Union. Veterans’ organizations, health services representatives, and medical professionals will offer free assistance to veterans.

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