posted on June 11, 2014 13:27
The Cost of Freedom Tribute to honor our nation’s veterans visits Pembroke this week.
The traveling wall is an 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the entire tribute is a 190-foot display honoring veterans of all wars, as well as law enforcement and first responders.
This morning, a huge escort of motorcycles and police and fire department vehicles transported the tribute from the Batavia Home Depot.
Opening ceremonies take place tomorrow at noon off of Route 77 near the high school. Officials expect at least 50,000 people to view the tribute.
The event is free and available for viewing 24 hours a day until closing ceremonies Sunday.
(photo via American Veteran Tribute and The Travelling Wall facebook page from a previous location visit)
Here's more about Thursday's events via a news release:
The Oakfield-Alabama American Legion Post #626 is hosting a series of events this week as part of its Cost of Freedom Tribute at the Pembroke Town Park, located next to Pembroke High School, 1145 Main Road (Route 77) in Corfu. On Thursday, June 12, opening ceremonies will take place.
First, at 11 a.m., is the Assembly of Color Guards in the athletic field.
Starting at noon:
· The American flag at the park will be lowered to half staff, led by the 98th Division drill sargeant;
· "Jumping in of the American Flag." Air support will be provided by WYN Sky Diving from Akron;
· The National Athem will be sung by Harmony Bordinaro;
· The Pledge of Allegiance will led by Bobbie Metcalf of Blue Star Mothers;
· Invocation -- American Legion Post #626 Chaplain Patrick Wilson;
· Introduction of guest speaker by LTC William Fava (Army retired);
· Guest speaker -- Brigadier General Frank Cipolla (Army retired);
· Placement of Memorial Wreath -- American Legion Post #626 & VFW Post #1484;
· Placement of additional wreaths
· Benediction -- American Legion Post #626 Chaplain Patrick Wilson;
· Rifle Salute -- North / South Skirmish Association of WNY;
· Taps -- Tom Cecere;
· Fly-over at 1300 hours, if Pentagon approved.
Following opening ceremonies, at 1:30 p.m., patriotic music will be played by Danny B.
The daily closing ceremony is at 8 p.m. with a benediction by Rev. Patrick Wilson of the Alabama Baptist Church; Rifle Salute by the North / South Skirmish Association of WNY; Taps by Tom Cecere and Frank Panepento.