From the City of Apopka
Apopka is so excited to bring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Kit Land Nelson Park on Park Avenue this Wednesday. Below you will find more details about the route and the ceremony:
Timeline for Procession:
At 10:00 a.m., the procession for the wall will start at the Orlando North Airport on 441 in Zellwood and head south on 441 turning onto Vick Rd where Apopka Elementary kids will be waving American flags as the wall passes by. It will continue to Martin Street and turn right going past Apopka High School where the high school students will do the same. It will continue east on Martin to Park Ave and turn right going by both Dream Lake Elementary and Apopka Middle where the kids will also be waving American flags. It will continue down Park Ave to Oak Street (a half a mile away) where a fire truck with a huge American flag will be positioned. As the procession makes the turn onto Oak, the water cannons from firetrucks will be shooting water into the air. It will continue down Oak and take a right into the Park to set up the wall at Kit Land Nelson Park.
There will be a Navy helicopter flyover at 5:00 p.m. at Kit Land Nelson Park. At 5:30 p.m., the Apopka High School band will be playing patriotic songs leading up to the evening ceremony.
At 6:00 p.m. in Kit Land Nelson Park there be a ceremony to honor our veterans including our Vietnam veterans near the Gazebo in the center of the park. Participants can view the wall as well as the American Flag Honor Walk, which has 125 flags lining the path leading to the wall.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is 3/5ththe scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. It stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end. This traveling memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War and allows people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their hometown who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington. We would like to thank the Apopka Rotary for making this event possible.