Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has the honor and privilege of welcoming the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall (an 80% replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.) to Eisenhower Park, courtesy of American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT). The event kicks off with a motorcycle escort of the trailer carrying the Wall on Wednesday, August 1st at 6:00 p.m. from Mitchel Field to the field adjacent to parking field 6A in Eisenhower Park. Public viewing hours will begin Thursday, August 2nd at 1:00 p.m. with the Opening Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. featuring New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly, a Vietnam Combat Vet, as the keynote speaker. Public viewing will conclude with a Closing Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 5th.
“I am both proud and honored to welcome the Traveling Vietnam Wall to Eisenhower Park, as it serves as a tribute to brave men and women that fought in the Vietnam War,” stated County Executive Mangano.
AVTT’s Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall is the largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. It is an 80% replica with 100% of the names. It creates a great forum for communities to raise local awareness for its Vietnam veterans. AVTT was founded on the principles that American Heroes must be honored and remembered. Additionally, AVTT allows those without the means or ability to travel to our great national memorial sites to pay respect and share in the experience of honoring our heroes. Through its various programs and tributes, AVTT is fostering the education and building the appreciation of our youth in the sacrifices made by countless men and women in defense of freedom and the way of life they enjoy. AVTT is committed to helping our nation’s heroes, one community at a time.
The visit of the Traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall to Eisenhower Park was made possible through the sponsorship of Winthrop University Hospital, with help from the Nassau County Veterans Services Agency, Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc., Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation and POW/MIA.
This exhibition coincides with the Salute to Veterans concert featuring the USO Liberty Bells and Dean Karahalis and the Concert Pops and the inaugural “Brick 26 Challenge” which will both be held at Eisenhower Park on August 4th.
About Eisenhower Park
Eisenhower Park is located in East Meadow, with entrances on Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue. As one of the largest public spaces in the New York metropolitan area, Eisenhower Park offers a full range of athletic and family activities, including one of the finest swimming facilities in the U.S., three world-class golf courses, dozens of athletic fields and courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, fitness trails and more.
For further information, contact the Parks Public Information Office at: (516) 572-0200 or visit the Nassau County Parks, Recreation and Museums website at: www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks.