Travelling Vietnam Memorial Wall escorted to the Fairgrounds


Members of the Rolling Thunder group, motorcyclists made up mostly of military veterans, turn onto Shoulweiler Road near Elma Wednesday afternoon escorting the Travelling Vietnam Memorial Wall on its way to the Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds, where the Memorial Wall will be displayed Thursday through Sunday.

The wall is accompanied by a Field of Honor, a field filled with American flags, at 50 Schouweiler Tracts Rd. in Elma. The wall display will open July 4 at noon with an opening ceremony. On July 5, military families will be honored at noon, police officers and firefighters will be honored at 5 p.m. and a band will play at 8 p.m.

On July 6, motorcyclists will gather in McCleary at 9 a.m. for an event called “Ride the Wall” and arrive at the wall at 11 a.m. At 6 p.m., the fairgrounds will host Veterans Night at the Races and bands will play at 8 p.m. There will be a vigil and prayer at the Field of Honor at dusk.

Sunday services will be held at the fairgrounds at 10 a.m. July 7.