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'Traveling Wall' Veterans Memorial Arrives in Sonoma

Veterans, law enforcement and other visitors have arrived from all over Northern California. You can make the short trip up to see it through Sunday.

With sirens wailing, the thunder of motorcycles and a helicopter hovering above, there was nothing stealthy about the arrival of the Cost of Freedom Traveling Wall on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Sonoma.

This was a much-antipated visit by the mobile memorial to our military veterans, and a warm welcome was provided. The procession, featuring fire engines, a California Highway Patrol escort and large semi trailers carrying the travel-sized version of the Vietnam War Memorial, made its way up Broadway and eventually to the Veterans Memorial Building.

The visit is sponsored by the VFW Post in Sonoma. Events will continue through Nov. 11, which is Veterans Day. For more information, visit this recent Patch article.

Reminder: Veterans Day is always Nov. 11 in honor of the old Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. But since Nov. 11 falls on a Sunday this year, Monday is the federal holiday.

For a roundup of local events marking Veterans Day, click here.

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Bob November 10, 2012 at 04:31 PM
When I stood in front of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. it was one of the most emotional places that I have ever stood. Thank you all, service men and women, past and present, for all that you have done for our country.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr November 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I visited the Wall in Sonoma today. I was moved, almost to tears. The staff there was very respectful and compassionate. There were over a hundred Gen X families there while I was and the parents were explaining to their children the sacrifices made by those memorialized on the Wall. "When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." Thomas Jefferson
Jerry Peters November 11, 2012 at 01:14 AM
"No problem", I thought a number of years ago when my wife and I went to visit the Wall in Washington D.C. I had been to many memorials, including the Unknown Soldier. But when we walked along the Wall watching people looking for a name, people just sitting or standing at a spot by the Wall, it started to get to me. Then we found my wife's cousin's name. We just lost it. That wall was so simple, so clean, so long, but we all knew why 58,000+ names were there. So sad. They gave so much. We'll never forget that day or that memorial.

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