A Corry Area High School student will sing during ceremonies Friday for the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall.
Miranda Cummings, a junior at Corry high school, will sing during opening afternoon ceremonies and evening ceremonies at the First Assembly of God Church in Summit Township.
Cummings is scheduled to sing at noon and again at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
The replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be available for public viewing at the First Assembly of God Church, 8150 Oliver Road, from today until Saturday.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall is a traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. It is an 80 percent scale size of the Vietnam Memorial Wall and is 370 feet long.
Corry residents Jeff Fike and Rick Thomas and Erie resident Marcha D. Vecchio were instrumental in bringing the wall to Erie County. Fundraisers were held over the past two months. Any money raised above the cost of bringing the wall to Erie County will benefit county veterans.
The wall will be staged at St. John’s Parish Center, Girard at noon today. There will be an escort to the First Assembly of God Church starting at 2:30 p.m., with arrival expected about 4 p.m.
The wall will be “constructed” Thursday starting at 7 a.m. Opening ceremonies will follow at noon, with speakers and performers. Evening ceremonies begin at 6:30.
Activities begin Friday at 8 a.m., which will be a day for students, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Ceremonies begin at noon, and evening ceremonies begin at 6:30.
Activities begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, which is “Vietnam Veterans Day.” There will be a “Ride to the Wall,” with registration at 9 a.m. Staging for the ride begins at 8 a.m. at Great Lakes Automation, 8835 Walmer Drive, McKean. Line-up begins at 11 a.m., and departure is set for 11:30 a.m.
The “Ride to the Wall” will cover approximately 40 miles at speeds of 30 mph to 40 mph. The route includes Edinboro, Cambridge Springs, and Waterford.
Sunday will be dedicated to “For God and Country — Remembering Our Veterans.” Activities get under way at 8 a.m., and a worship service will be held at 10 a.m.
Afternoon activities begin at noon. Evening ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m.
Each day’s ceremonies will include speakers and performers.
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute will be open for viewing from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday rain or shine.
Dismantling the wall and cleanup starts at Monday at 7 a.m.
When the traveling wall was in Titusville last year, about 40,000 people visited the memorial.