Vietnam Wall Experience in Troy

   TROY - 9/8/2016 - This weekend will be a big one in Troy, with both the Vietnam Wall Experience and the annual Bradley Smith 5K Run taking place, among many other events. If you are a veteran with a story to tell, or know someone who is, please contact us at the Times-Tribune at 667-3111, or send an email to Here are the basic details:
   The wall and other displays will be open to the public beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 9, at Tri-Township Park. The opening ceremony is at 7 p.m. The speaker will be Chief Master Sergeant (ret.) Charles Kempker, and the Scott AFB Brass Quintet will provide the entertainment. A brief candle light ceremony will take place at 9 p.m.
   A ceremony will take place on September 10 at 7 p.m. The speaker will be Joe Frank. There will also be entertainment by the Triad High School Choir and Band.
   The closing ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 11, at 1 p.m., with speaker Gary Sigler. The Troy Community Band and area church choirs will perform.
   Displays will include the Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall, War Dog Memorial Wall, Patriot Guard Moving Wall for all Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, Vietnam Huey Helicopter — The Sound of Hope, POW/MIA Hot Air Balloon — Freedom Flight, Agent Orange Quilt of Tears, Vietnam Memorability — though the eyes of John Hosier, and a 50 state flag display.
   Agent Orange Quilt of Tears will be accepting quilt blocks from area residents wishing to honor their loved ones to add to the quilt display. Blocks will be accepted during each ceremony or at the display. Visit the Agent Orange Quilt of Tears for specifics on block size, etc. Helicopter Rides will be available at the event for a fee. There will also be a balloon glow.
   A Box Alarm BBQ by the Fire Department will take place at the park from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. on September 10, along with many Summer of Fun activities sponsored by the Troy/Maryville/St. Jacob/Marine Chamber of Commerce.