Hundreds of veterans from all over Western North Carolina rode into Franklin Tuesday afternoon on their bikes to join in a motorcade escort for the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall Memorial to Cherokee, N.C.
With American flags blowing in the wind, and citizens lining the highway to see the wall off, the Macon County Sheriff's Office escorted the motorcycles from the Macon County Fair Grounds.
By bringing The Wall home to communities throughout the country, people are able to visit the Memorial that might otherwise not be given the chance.
After the motorcade and the traveling exhibit reached Cherokee, it made up the tail end of the 100th annual Cherokee Indian Fair Parade and was joined by a Vietnam helicopter, both of which will be on display throughout the remainder of the week.
The traveling wall will be on display 24 hours a day each day until it departs on Monday, October 8 at noon. Before stopping in Franklin, the wall was on display in Crystal River, Fla., and after it leaves Cherokee, it is headed to the Nature Coast All Veteran's Reunion, Holcin Inc. Property US 19.
“The Memorial Wall exhibition features a 3/5 replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which is approximately 300 feet in length. The Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their home town who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington,” according to the website www.travelingwall.us.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is part of the Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard (VVB) located in Brevard County Florida.