The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., will arrive in Brown County this afternoon with an escort of dozens of motorcycle riders.
The caravan will leave Santa Anna around noon, and arrive at Eastland Memorial Park within the half-hour, officials said.
The Moving Wall will be on display at Eastlawn from sunrise Thursday until 4 p.m. Monday. Three ceremonies will be held at the site, Friday and Saturday mornings this week, and Sunday night, Oct. 21.
Units of the Brown County Sheriff’s Department will pick up the caravan at the county line, Emily Crawford, tourism and marketing manager for the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, said. Officers from the Bangs, Brownwood and Early police will control traffic so the procession will have a straight path to Eastlawn Memorial Park.
Motorcycle groups scheduled to participate in the caravan include VFW Riders from Odessa and Abilene, American Legion Riders and Sons of the American Legion Riders from Bangs and Abilene, Rough Riders (Department of Defense-authorized motorcycle club of military and civil servants from San Angelo), Blue Knights (group dedicated to current and retired law enforcement officers), Brownwood area Patriot Guard Riders, Unleashed Motorcycle Club of Brownwood, and Iron Horse Riding Club of Brown County.
A group from the Vietnam Veterans of Texas will also participate, according to Charles “Murph” Murphey, who is is organizing the escort. Murphey served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years, and has been riding cycles for five years.
Billy Murphey, Brown County veterans service officer and a member of the Pecan Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League, said the ceremonies planned will be the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday. A prisoner-of-war/missing-in-action program will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday led by VFW Post 3278, and a candlelight vigil is planned at 7 p.m. Sunday.