On Thursday, volunteers could be seen at a station in front of the wall to help persons look up the location of a name. Sheets and pencils are also available for family and friends to do rubbings of their loved one's name on the wall.
In addition to the Vietnam replica, the traveling memorial features The Cost of Freedom Tribute, which includes: Vietnam timeline panels, the Walk of Heroes Collection, a World War II Tribute Collection, Korea Tribute Collection, a 9/11 Tribute, Commander in Chief (Presidents) panels, law enforcement and firefighter tribute panels, a Fort Hood tribute panel and a gold dog tag collection for Global War on Terror casualties, as well as a collection of conflict photos and listing of names of casualties between 1980 to 2000. There is no cost to park or view the tributes.
“The purpose of our whole event is to pay tribute to all branches and all eras of military service to our country,” Gregg said. “So what you'll see out here is people representing five different eras of war. In addition to the wall and The Cost of Freedom Tribute, there'll be all these living history people, reenactors, static military displays, military support groups that have booths and a few paid vendors.”
In addition, the “Patriot Train” will run three times each day at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to the Jarvis Wye stop and back. The ride is roughly an hour in length. All current or former military with identification will be able to ride the train at no charge.
The weekend event will begin at 9 a.m. each day, Friday through Sunday, with a flag-raising ceremony that includes an honor guard, prayer and speaker. Days will end at 5 p.m. with a lowering of the colors.
For more information, call 903-683-3451 or go to www.TexasStateRR.com.