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From: Dylan Blaylock, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-5917

07-01-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County to participate at Vietnam 50th Commemoration Partnership in Milwaukie

Clackamas County will participate in The Vietnam Memorial Wall in Milwaukie – a program produced by the city of Milwaukie and American Legion Post 180 – which runs from July 23-26.

This program is highlighted by and centered around the presence of The Moving Wall, a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, which will be on display 24/7 at Milwaukie High School from 12 p.m. Thursday, July 23, until 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26.

The four-day event will include an opening ceremony, the readings of casualty lists from different area regions, an Honoring Military Service and Sacrifice parade, a recognition ceremony, and multiple musical presentations. Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard, former mayor of Milwaukie, will speak at the Vietnam Veterans Recognition Ceremony, taking place around 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. All five commissioners are expected to attend.

The city of Milwaukie lists a full schedule of events.

Event visitors will be provided information on name lookup through a computerized system, to make it easy to identify specific names. Rubbing materials will also be provided.

Grief counselors, drinking water, bathrooms, sitting areas, first aid rooms and a snack bar will all be available on site. Weapons and alcohol are prohibited at the event.

This event is part of Milwaukie and the Legion’s partnering with the Department of Defense Commemoration Program. The Moving Wall has been exhibited throughout the county since 1984.

Additional information, such as volunteer interest forms, parade participant application forms, and fliers or other promotion materials are available on Milwaukie’s website.

Milwaukie and the Legion have committed to hosting at least two events each year around the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War in 2015, 2106 and 2017. This event is the first.

For more information, members of the media may contact Clackamas County Community Relations Specialist Dylan Blaylock at dblaylock@clackamas.us or 503-742-5917.

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