PADUCAH — The Wall That Heals officially arrived at Carson Park in Paducah Tuesday. The Vietnam War Memorial replica made its way there in a procession that began in Princeton, Kentucky.
Aerial views of that journey were captured by Sky 6.
If you didn’t get to line up along the route to cheer the procession on, don’t worry! The wall exhibit in Paducah will be open to the public starting at 12 a.m. Thursday, and it will be at Carson Park through Oct. 28.
The three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. features the names of 58,318 men and women who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
Visitors can make rubbings of service members’ names on the wall. A mobile education center will also be open with displays of photos, letters, and memorabilia.
You can also attend any of the following events:
— Welcome Home Opening Ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25: The free, one-hour event will honor those whose names are on the wall and others who served during the war. Local elected officials, officers from Fort Campbell, and others will speak. Organizers suggest arriving around 5:30 p.m. to be seated before the ceremony begins. General public parking is off of Carson Park’s North 30th Street entrance. Parking for veterans and people with handicap parking placards is off of the park’s Joe Clifton Drive entrance. Milner and Orr says a drop-off zone will be available near the grandstands.
— Wreath Laying Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26: The 15-minute ceremony will be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Jackson Harris Post 1191 of Paducah. Representatives of Milner and Orr Funeral Home, The Paducah Sun and WPSD Local 6 will lay wreaths.
— Closing ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 28: A 15-minute ceremony will be presented by American Legion Post 26 of Mayfield.
For more information about the Wall that Heals, including our series honoring Vietnam veterans, Stories from the Wall that Heals, click here.