The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will make its way to Citrus County to honor the memory of the 58,282 soldiers who never returned.
Among them are eight of Citrus County’s own: William H. Craig Jr., Stanley G. Hartson, Carl H. Joyner, Richard S. Lowes, Herbert D. Surber, William A. Wicks, James G. Williams and Charles E. Hall.
Visitors can view the 3/5 scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from April 22 to 25 at Crystal Harley-Davidson, 1147 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa.
“This is the first time we’ve hosted this wall,” said Amy Moodie, Crystal Harley-Davidson events coordinator. Previously, they’ve hosted 9/11 walls and plan to do so again.
“The wall is open 24 hours a day,” said Moodie.
Security will be on guard and visitors can view it outside on the riding academy path in the back of the building. The Daughters of the American Revolution will be on-site every day to read the names of the fallen.
On Thursday, April 22, there will be a ride from the Bealls shopping center in Inverness to Crystal Harley-Davidson, where the wall will be set up.
“It’s going to be a police escorted ride,” Moodie said. “Anyone who wants to help and ride is welcome.”
Thursday will mark the opening ceremony of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall with a presentation of the flags. The Color Guard will be in attendance as well.
A dealer-led ride from Harley-Davidson to Bushnell National Cemetery will leave at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 24.
“Thursday is sometimes hard for everyone to ride,” Moodie said. Those who can’t make Thursday’s ride will have another chance on Saturday.
Bikers will return from Bushnell by 1:30 p.m., just in time to roar their engines in honor of veterans at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, April 25, the closing ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will commence at 4 p.m.
“We’ll have several people speaking,” along with a sendoff with the national anthem Moodie said. “The biggest thing is that we really try to support our veterans. They’re a big part of our community here.”