PALESTINE — Two local groups donated checks this week to help offset the cost of bringing the traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall to Palestine.
The Cost of Freedom Tribute, which is 80 percent the size of the original Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. and contains every name on the original Wall, will be on display at the Texas State Railroad’s Palestine Depot from May 22-26, 2014.
The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 63 of Palestine donated $2,500 and the Vietnam Veterans of America Dogwood Chapter 991 donated $5,000. Both groups are still trying to raise the remaining $7,500 needed.
The Wall will be the featured element of the 16th Annual Salute to the Armed Forces event at the Texas State Railroad. In addition to The Wall the event also will showcase military re-enactment groups, living history exhibitors, static military displays, military support groups and much more.
Other events planned include children’s activities, food vendors,and a special train schedule for visitors to enjoy that day.
For more information or to participate in this event, call 903-683-3093. Details about the event will be posted as they become available on the special events page on the Texas State Railroad’s web site at www.texasstaterr.com and on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/texasstaterr.
Anyone wishing to donate to the DAV should contact Sr. Vice Commander Mike Hodgsen at 903-948-0821 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wishing to donate to the VVA should contact President Allen Ayo at 903-322-4850 or by email at email@example.com.
Anyone wanting to have their own sponsorship as an individual or company should contact Janet Gregg, Marketing & Public Relations Manager for the Texas State Railroad at 903-683-3093 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.