Vietnam Traveling Wall stops at Shelby museum on way to Jackson's Trail of Honor

Vietnam Traveling Wall stops at Shelby museum on way to Jackson's Trail of Honor

CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - A mobile memorial to fallen soldiers in the Vietnam War made a stop over in Hattiesburg Wednesday on its way to an annual event in Jackson that salutes America's armed forces.

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall was escorted to the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby by dozens of motorcyclists from various veterans organizations and clubs.

The traveling wall was on its way to the 15th annual Trail of Honor, which will be held this weekend at Harley-Davidson of Jackson.

That event honors America's veterans with living history displays and exhibits of military weapons and vehicles.

"The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is a three-fifths replica of the wall in Washington, D.C.," said Doc Russo, manager of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall. "It's something we can (take) around the country. This wall travels the eastern half of the country, basically central Texas, Iowa, all the way up to the Canadian border."      

Trail of Honor organizers, representatives with the traveling wall and many of the motorcycle riders took brief tours of the museum before heading to Jackson.

"We've got this great hidden jewel here at Camp Shelby and figured everybody would enjoy a quick tour and spend some time down here and get some attention for the museum as well as our cause this weekend," said David McElroy, director of the Trail of Honor.  

The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum will also participate in the Trail of Honor.

Organizers expect about 20,000 people to visit the event this year.