Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Makes Stop in Bend

The Deschutes Pioneer Association and the Deschutes County Historical Society are bringing the Oregon Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial to Bend August 3rd and 4th.

Created by the Umpqua Valley Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the traveling memorial consists of six panels that create a 24-foot-by-8-foot wall evoking the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Black center panels list the names of those killed in Vietnam and on the USS Pueblo in 1968. Side panels list the names of those who died in Panama, the bombing in Beirut, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The memorial names are updated each year.

The memorial will be held at the museum with viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday. A short ceremony will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. with Bend’s Band of Brothers presenting the flagline.

In addition, an all-inclusive high school alumni gathering for all Central Oregon high schools will happen Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m on the lawn of the museum. Barley Beef burgers will be for sale during the gathering with the proceeds benefitting the Deschutes Pioneers Association.

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