Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall erected for Trail of Honor - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall erected for Trail of Honor

The Trail of Honor makes its 16th appearance in the capital city.  Source: WLBT The Trail of Honor makes its 16th appearance in the capital city.  Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Trail of Honor makes its sixteenth appearance in the Capital City. The tribute to America's veterans is a four day event. 

This trail has become a unique way to honors veterans, but the trail is just one part of the journey for this group of bikers.

The bikers ride into Jackson with a purpose and it's to set up the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall.

Richard Russo, the man behind the wall, thinks that the large wall is more than just a monument -- it's a way for people to reconcile.

"The wall itself, is the first step in the healing process for some veterans or families been carrying around for better than fifty years now. Where they can come and pay tribute to their buddies they lost, they fighting along side of, or a family member. Just pay their respects," said Russo. 

Over 100 veterans and bikers rode into Jackson Wednesday to set up the memorial honoring those vets who died in battle. It was no easy task. They rode for hours, escorted by police, and pieced together the wall by hand and in the heat. 

David McElroy, the director of the Trail of Honor, sees the wall as more than just names. It's a way to honor those that have served.

"The wall itself has over 58,000 names. Those are our brothers and sisters. Those that have served. It's not just a number of names on a wall," said McElroy. "You may take the uniform off, but you never leave the service. It's hard not to find someone connected to that wall. It's the comradery of the veterans coming together. Today, we got to see an outpouring of patriotism. People standing on the side of the road holding flags, older gentleman saluting and little kids with their hands over their hearts. Just makes you proud to be an American." 

This is just the start to the event, there will also be these events as followed:

Thursday May 17:
1:00 pm – Trail of Honor Golf Tournament starts at Canton Country Club

Friday May 18:
11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Opening Ceremony of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, Harley Davidson of Jackson

Saturday, May 19, open to public:
9:00 am – Opening ceremony of the Trail of Honor to include recognition of the Gold Star Families.
9:00 am to 5:00 pm Trail Of Honor
8:00 am to 4:00 pm Aviation Trail of Honor, Bruce Campbell Airport

Sunday, May 20, open to public:
11:00am to 5:00pm Trail Of Honor

Monday, May 21 
11:30 am – 01:30 pm – Run for the Wall ceremony

Free Admittance and Free Parking
Trail of Honor, $85.00 Huey Helicopter Rides, charge per person.
Trail of Honor, Cobra Helicopter Rides are also available at $350/$550, charge per person.
Aviation Trail of Honor, plane rides for sale
Safety, Event is Handicap Accessible:
No Pets Allowed
Recommend ear plugs for battle reenactments and flights at both locations.

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