Vietnam Memorial Wall Now Open for 4-Day Run in Jonesboro

MARCH 16, 2005 - Posted at 4:13 p.m. CST, updated at 7:25 a.m. on 3/17/05, updated at 1:42 p.m.

JONESBORO, AR - A half-size scale replica of the most visited monument in Washington, D.C. opened a four-day run in Jonesboro this morning.  The Vietnam Memorial Wall lists the names of more than 58,000 military personnel who were killed in the Vietnam War.

Opening ceremonies were held this morning.  The Wall will be set up immediately west of Indian Stadium on the Arkansas State University campus, in what is commonly known as the "tailgate area."  The exhibit will be open to visitors until 8 p.m. this evening, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 18 and 19.  On Sunday, March 20, the exhibit will close with a formal ceremony at 5 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend the exhibit, and admission is free.  The exhibit is being sponsored by the Northeast Arkansas chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.  The 875th Engineers Battalion of the Arkansas National Guard will provide 24-hour security for the exhibit.