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Fanfare to herald arrival of memorial

The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum Wall is scheduled to arrive in Halifax County on Tuesday in an escort/parade featuring local law enforcement, the Patriot Guard Riders and Rolling Thunder.

According to organizers of the event, the line-up will assemble at Anin Flag Company where the motorcycle riders will “flag-up” and meet the semi-truck hauling the wall at 1:30 p.m.

The procession is scheduled to leave at 1:45 p.m. and head north on Broad Street, turn onto Old Halifax Road at CVS and continue into the Halifax County High School student parking lot before turning into Tuck Dillard Stadium at 2 p.m.

The public is invited to line the parade route with flags waving to greet the group as they enter the stadium.

Bob Dobek, the site manager, will be available to take questions at this time.

On Wednesday, set-up of the wall will get under way at 9 a.m. receiving help from JROTC cadets, Comet football players and Rolling Thunder members. The set-up of all panels and the museum exhibit is expected to take about three hours, organizers said.

A grand opening ceremony will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Tuck Dillard Stadium (weather permitting). If the weather does not cooperate, the event will move inside to the middle school gymnasium.

Local dignitaries and county and school officials are slated to attend, and the public is encouraged to come out for the 45 minute grand opening ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the exhibit will be open to the public with the county high school JROTC members assisting the public with locating names on the wall, organizers said.

The wall and museum will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until it closes at 7 p.m.

Hours for the memorial and museum are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Bike Day will be Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and bikers are encouraged to bring their bikes and pay tribute to the veterans.

Smokin’ Jakes Restaurant will host a bikers’ brunch all day for bikers attending the exhibit. Rolling Thunder, Charlotte County Chapter, will perform a Missing Man ceremony at noon.

Area school students along with students from neighboring counties have been invited to visit the wall during its stay at Tuck Dillard Stadium.

On Sunday, the Honor Guard will perform the closing ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a flag-folding ceremony and gun salute.

Organizers are seeking civic organizations who are willing to help with overnight security at the wall Tuesday through Sunday. They are looking for teams of four adults with cell phone capability to contact law enforcement should a problem arise.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Jennifer Roark at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meanwhile, organizers continue to search for photographs of 14 Halifax County men listed on the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum.

So far, they have found 10 photographs but still need photographs of Donald Wayne Tisdale, a resident of Nathalie when he went to Vietnam; Charley A. Wilborn, a resident of Richmond when he left for Vietnam; Ronald Charles Edwards, a resident of New Rochelle, N.Y. when he went off to war; and Raymond Christopher Lawson, a Virgilina resident at the time he left for service in the war.

Anyone with photographs of these gentlemen is asked to contact Fay Satterfield at 434-572-9226.