Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop addresses gathering at the Moving Wall.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall exhibit arrived in Columbus yesterday. The half-sized replica followed a parade route through the city before being assembled by staff and veterans at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds. A welcoming ceremony was held last night, where a proclamation was read by Mayor Jim Lienhoop. The mayor reflected on veterans and the price of freedom.

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Mayor Lienhoop says that it’s important for all of us to remember and appreciate the sacrifices made by veterans and active military personnel.

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Lienhoop read a proclamation proclaiming July 27 through July 31 as “The Moving Wall Week” in the city of Columbus.

Organizers say that special programs, including music, an invocation and a speaker, will be held through Sunday at noon and 6 p.m. In addition, a mobile vet center is located at the fairgrounds to help provide veterans with information on their medical benefits and assist with medical referrals.

Everyone, veterans and civilians are encouraged to visit the display.