Sunday, April 19, 2009


The American Veteran Traveling Tribute (AVTT) recently came to the nearby suburb of DeSoto.

The outdoor exhibit features a replica of the Permanent Vietnam Memorial located in our nation's capitol, Washington, D.C. "The Wall" contains the names of American combatants who lost their lives in that conflict.

Many come to the wall to find the names of loved ones, friends or relatives and spend a moment in thought or peaceful reflection. Parents brought their children or grandchildren to show them and explain to them what this meant and local school districts included the event in their programs.

On the morning of the event, the planes were cleaned and prepped for show. The weather was not co-operative, with low ceilings that did not lift for a fly-over until mid afternoon.

The Cold War Air Museum and The Commemorative Air Force joined in support of this remembrance with a fly-over by aircraft of both museums. The CAF also manned an area where visitors could stop and receive information and museum brochures. As a result, a number of new visitors came to the airport and visited both museums. The tarp on the ground is to keep visitors from sinking into the mud. It had rained heavily the day before and sprinkled throughout the morning. Shortly after this picture, the City promised to bring out hay and spread it on the park grounds to help deal with the mud. Thanks to Steve and Shirley, and all the others who helped with the event!

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