Bainbridge Lions Club hears from Roslyn Palmer about Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

Published 5:38 pm Monday, October 30, 2023

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The Bainbridge Lions Club welcomed Bainbridge Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer to their meeting on October 24 to hear about upcoming events of great interest for the community and the region.  The Decatur County Historical and Genealogical Society is hosting the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at the Earle May Boat Basin Park from November 2 through November 5, 2023.  There will be an opening ceremony at 5:30 PM on Thursday, November 2, and a closing ceremony at 5:30 PM on Sunday November 5.  The flyover planned for the opening has been cancelled; personnel and aircraft are not available because of conditions in the Middle East.

The Travelling Memorial is a replica that is 3/5 the size of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.  It will arrive in Climax, Georgia and travel with a motorcycle escort from there to Bainbridge.  Motorcyclists are invited to join in this activity, and should arrive in Climax by 8:30 AM on November 2.  The Memorial will be assembled by volunteers upon arrival at the exhibit site; you are welcome to assist with the assembly which is expected to begin at 9 AM.

The exhibit will be lighted from dusk to dawn, and will have personnel in attendance at all times.

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As a follow-up, to recognize veterans from southwest Georgia who have served the cause of freedom, the Decatur County Museum will display photos of any person from the community who has been in the military or the Coast Guard at any time, past or present.  Please submit a framed photo of the service member in uniform, whether living or deceased, to the museum during the hours of 12 noon to 4 PM on Friday or Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM, along with the name, branch of service, and dates of service.

This exhibit will open with a reception on Monday, November 13, from 5 to 7 PM; the display will be available Tuesday, November 14, through Friday, November 17 during the hours of 12 noon to 4 PM, and Saturday, November 18, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  The photos can be retrieved the week following the exhibit.

For additional information, please call 229-246-2124.