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The Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall

The Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall is a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., standing 240 feet long and eight feet high and is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. Since its inception in 1990, the traveling monument has been displayed in more than 200 cities across the country, allowing millions of visitors to experience the healing power of the memorial.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is honored to host The Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall from November 7-20, 2011 as it comes to Manhattan for the first time ever. The Wall has become a place of healing and remembrance for all Americans - representing in equal measures the loss associated with the Vietnam War era, as well as the heroism, courage, and bravery of the soldiers who fought. It brings healing to veterans, awareness to younger generations and contemplation to all who gaze into its reflective surface.

The Wall will be displayed on Intrepid’s Pier 86, and admission to the pier is free of charge. The Museum will have a full two weeks of special events and programming centered on the Wall, veterans and the history of the Vietnam War era, including a special Veterans Day Ceremony.

While Intrepid’s pier and The Wall are free of charge to visit, during the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall exhibit, we offer Veterans reduced museum admission as well. From Nov 8-20, Veterans pay $12 for museum admission and have free museum admission on Veterans Day, Nov 11, 2011.

Dates: November 8-20. Open 24 hours a day, starting Nov 8th at 10am.

The Arrival of The Wall – Monday, November 7th (note: The museum and pier will be closed this day)

The arrival of The Wall at Intrepid will be an emotional experience. The Wall will leave in a customized trailer from its storage area on Staten Island at 9:30am on Monday, November 7th. NYPD and over 100 motorcycle riders – including those from The Nam Knights of America, Patriot Guard Riders, Rolling Thunder, Hudson Valley Harley and other motorcycle groups - will escort The Wall on its journey to Intrepid. After the Wall travels over the Goethals Bridge to New Jersey, NJ State Troopers will join in and escort The Wall to the George Washington Bridge and to its Port Authority of New York and New Jersey escort. From the GW Bridge, NYPD will again meet up with the group and escort The Wall and the motorcycle clubs as they travel down Broadway and cross over 49th Street. Finally, The Wall will turn south on The West Side Highway to arrive at Intrepid around 11am.

For any motorcycle riders that would like to join, please meet in Staten Island before the 9:30am departure at the UA Stadium Theater parking lot at 2474 Forest Ave. And while the Intrepid is closed this day, we encourage New Yorkers to keep an eye out for The Wall and its escorts and pay your respects as it passes through the city streets..

The Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall has been created by the Dignity Memorial network of providers. For more information, visit: www.dignitymemorial.com
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