Traveling Vietnam War Memorial wall arrives in Fort Collins

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The city of Fort Collins will honor Vietnam War veterans during its annual Memorial Day weekend celebration.

On Wednesday, Colorado State Patrol troopers, police, sheriff and motorcycle associations escorted a 360-foot traveling Vietnam War Memorial wall into the city.

The traveling tribute wall is an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial and will be on display at the Veterans Plaza at 2626 W. Horsetooth Road from Thursday to Monday.

Welcome Home: A Salute to Our Vietnam War Veterans events will be held Wednesday to Monday, with the official ceremony held on Sunday.

“The event celebrates the service and accomplishments of Vietnam War era veterans, both living and deceased, and honors their sacrifices given for our country, its citizens, and each other,” organizers said in a statement.

Members of the community will take turns reading of the names of the 58,223 fallen and 1,626 missing service members.

There also will be a Bob Hope USO Show, nightly services and a Sunday ceremony.