GAFFNEY, SC (WSPA) – The American Veterans Traveling Tribute’s Vietnam Memorial Wall is making a stop in Gaffney from May 3 through May 6.
The 80% scale version of the Vietnam War Memorial Mall which is in Washington DC will be at the headquarters of Broad River Electric.
The wall was brought from Cowpens Battleground Visitor’s Center on Wednesday.
Utility trucks held up a huge American flag. There was a parade of veterans’ motorcycle groups and law enforcement vehicles.
It will be open to the public from noon Thursday through 3:00pm Sunday.
“One of the principals we have is giving back to the communities we serve,” said Broad River Electric Cooperative President Terry Mallard. “There’s no other way through the sacrifices that some of our members have made through the years, no other way we can give back than to give them the opportunity to visit a memorial that they may not have the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. to see.”
There will be a ceremony at noon Thursday with the Cherokee County Office of Veterans Affairs laying wreaths to honor families of fallen soldiers and first responders and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office Rifle Drill Team will present colors.
Thursday evening, there will be a candlelight memorial service with multiple local groups participating.
The wall replica is 360 feet long and travels the country.